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Letter to the editor: Coal isn't going away
Huntington Herald Dispatch

Re: the editorial “Industry trends delay coal's expected demise,” June 27: Rubbish! Bureaucrats of all stripes can spin it six ways from Sunday, but coal, ...

The data is clear: Coal remains vital to West Virginia and the US, for now
WV News

Data shows the coal mining industry employs more than 13,000 workers in West Virginia, with a total compensation of about $1.5 billion annually.

Unrelenting Coal Demand Posts Challenge to World's Climate Goals

Coal prices across Asia are surging to records, underscoring a challenge for governments seeking a faster energy transition: the dirtiest of fuels they're ...

Mine reclamation funds would breathe life into struggling communities
Martinsburg Journal

West Virginia's coal industry has been in decline for more than 40 years, and that decline has accelerated during the last decade and a half. Dramatic ...

Tennessee Valley Authority considers replacing coal with gas
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility is looking at shutting down three of its five remaining coal-fired power plants, saying they ...

Watch now: This Illinois coal plant could close by 2035, potentially putting power and jobs in jeopardy
Bloomington Pantagraph

Coal miners clock in at the start of their shift before they head underground into the miles of tunnels to produce coal for the 1630 megawatt electricity ...

Coal prices fire up, putting local producers in the money

Williamson suggested that that the spike in spot prices may be partly due to sustained cost pressures on coal miners and shortages caused by ...

Coal India achieves 2% growth in coal production in June
Business Standard

Coal India is a coal mining company engaged in the production and sale of coal. As of 31 March 2021, the Government of India held 66.13% stake in ...

ND plant sale a rare win for coal-fired generation boosters
S&P Global

In an unusual development for America's declining coal industry, a 1,151-MW North Dakota coal-fired power plant slated for early retirement in 2022 is ...

House Members Argue for Puerto Rico Coal Plant Shutdown
MedPage Today

WASHINGTON -- A coal-powered electricity plant in Puerto Rico that is releasing toxic coal ash should be shut down immediately because it is ...

Colombia first-quarter coal output down 28% on year, gold production up 23%
Creamer Media's Mining Weekly

BOGOTA – Colombia's coal production fell 28% in the first quarter of 2021 versus the year-earlier period, the national mining agency (ANM) said on ...

Warrior Met Coal strike enters fourth month amidst reports of vandalism, violence

Striking Alabama coal miners march in Tuscaloosa County against Warrior Met Coal. The strike began April 1, 2021.

Environmental groups threaten to sue DEP over water pollution at forfeited coal mine site
Charleston Gazette-Mail

... Monday by the Post Audit Division calls on the state Legislature to commission a study to evaluate the state's coal mining reclamation program.

US Steel pursuing carbon capture, hydrogen projects in bid to lower emissions

London-based Carbon Capture estimates the steel industry currently produces 1.85 tons of CO2 emissions for every ton of steel made, and that the ...

Coal-to-Gas Transition a Winning Strategy in Tianjin, China
POWER magazine

Reducing fine particulate emissions was a driving factor in the shift from coal to gas at the Junliangcheng power plant in Tianjin, China. Among the ...

Indonesia sets coal benchmark price at highest in a decade

Coal barges are pictured as they queue to be pulled along Mahakam river in Samarinda, East Kalimantan province, Indonesia, August 31, 2019.

Are China's banks going cool on coal power plants in Africa?
South China Morning Post

Coal projects worth more than US$20 billion in Africa have either been shelved or cancelled in recent years as environmental activists have piled ...

South African coal export rail line partially reopens
Argus Media

One of the main coal export rail lines to South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) has partially reopened following a 31-car derailment on 3 ...

Tennessee Valley Authority considers replacing coal with gas
Kentucky Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility is looking at shutting down three of its five remaining coal-fired power plants, saying they ...

India's coal production drops marginally by 2% to 716 million tonnes in FY'21
The Hindu

Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said despite the pandemic, the coal sector has shown resilience reflecting the criticality of its contribution to the steady ...

SMC dropped 3 coal-fired projects, DoE says in letter to think tank
BusinessWorld Online

SMC GLOBAL Power Holdings Corp. will no longer be pursuing three planned coal-fired projects with a total capacity of 1,500 megawatts (MW), the ...

UK Aims to Dump Coal Early, While Asia Stays the Course
Yale Environment 360

Britain announced that it is aiming to phase out coal power by October, 2024, one year earlier than its previous target date, Reuters reported.

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