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Coal industry group revives reliability argument to Ohio lawmakers
Energy News Network

A coal industry group leader revived an argument to Ohio lawmakers last week that coal-fired power plants are critically important for electric grid ...

PRB coal industry takes hit with steep drops in production, federal data shows
Casper Star-Tribune Online

The basin's 16 mines produced 72.3 million tons of coal in the final months of 2019, confirming many of the coal industry's worst fears. Demand for the ...

Trump shuns coal for 2nd year, inflates oil record
E&E News

President Trump in his State of the Union address last night left out any mention of the coal industry that candidate Trump pledged to revive, as the ...

Rising insurance costs another nail in coal industry's coffin
Daily Maverick

South African banks will still fund coal projects. But the international insurance industry is starting to give the coal sector a dose of toxic treatment, ...

Coal plants are closing across the West. Here are the companies sticking with coal
Los Angeles Times

... Weisgall, said more coal plants closed in 2019 than in any year since 2015, despite President Donald Trump's efforts to support the coal industry.

There needs to be an 'orderly transition' not 'shut down the coal industry'
The Cairns Post

Former Labor advisor Darrin Barnett says the climate change debate “has been so fractious for so long” resulting in the entire discussion becoming ...

Green protesters step up pressure on Siemens over coal mine project

Under the contract agreed last year, Siemens will provide signals technology for a railway line to transport coal from a remote coal mine run by India's ...

Wind and solar would struggle to replace coal-mining jobs

A global transition is underway from coal to renewable energy, but a corresponding jobs shift is far less certain. Driving the news: Wind-industry jobs ...

Indiana House passes controversial bill making coal plants harder to retire
Utility Dive

The Indiana House passed 52-41 a controversial bill on Monday that would make it more difficult for utilities in the state to retire their coal plants.

In one-sided hearing, coal workers lay out dire stakes for cap-and-trade
Pennsylvania Capital-Star

They described RGGI as a “nuclear tipped cruise missile” aimed at the coal power industry, likely to ruin plants already struggling with natural gas ...

Measures to help Wyoming coal workers recover pay move ahead
(AP) - A Wyoming legislative committee has endorsed two measures to help workers recover wages from bankrupt coal companies but not one that ...

Powder River Basin coal production at historic low in 2019
Wyoming Business Report

GILLETTE — With two of the nation's largest coal mines shut down for nearly four months last year, it wasn't a revelation that overall production at ...

India's pollution regulator threatens to shut 14 coal-fired power plants

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's federal pollution regulator has warned 14 coal-fired power plants that they could be shut down and penalized for failing ...

EU coal output falls 24% in 2019
European Western Balkans (press release)

BERLIN/LONDON – In 2019, hard coal and lignite-fired power generation fell in every EU country – and by 24% overall (with data on the UK included ...

Chinese demand key uncertainty for seaborne coal market in 2020
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Coal trader Noble Resources head of research Rodrigo Echeverri Cardozo had penciled in a 3 Mt drop in Chinese import demand for 2020, but it ...

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