Coal Stories September 28

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • GM endorses the EPA’s stricter emissions rule, and 22 states say it’s not enough.
  • The US energy secretary details how the country can achieve a more resilient power system.
  • Sri Lanka will stop building coal plants, aims to be net zero by 2050.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories September 22

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Two huge infrastructure plans will power New York City with wind, solar, and hydropower.
  • China pledges to end funding for overseas coal plants.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories September 14

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • If just six countries took action now, it would eliminate 82% of the remaining coal pipeline.
  • Solar is growing, but prices increased for the first time in seven years due to supply chain constraints.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories August 30

Wyoming has been the US’s top coal producer since 1986. But while the state stubbornly clings to the fossil fuel, its largest utility is dumping coal in favor of renewables.

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Coal Stories August 10

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Ørsted says Block Island is offline for summer maintenance, and rumors are flying.
  • Tampa just committed to 100% clean energy by 2035, but there’s a hitch.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories August 3

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US installed a record 26 gigawatts of new clean energy in 2020, according to a new report.
  • In 2020, the number of producing US coal mines fell to the lowest number since 2008.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories August 2

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority implodes its oldest coal-fired power plant.
  • The UK’s Ministry of Justice installs £1.1 million of roof-mounted solar on courts and prisons.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories June 30

The deadline to phase out coal from Britain’s energy system has been brought forward by a whole year, to October 2024.

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Coal Stories June 24

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Tesla models make up more than half of US EV sales in 2021.
  • A Michigan utility wants to be one of the first in the US to go coal-free.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories June 17

Florida Power & Light (FPL) yesterday demolished its last coal-fired plant, the Indiantown Cogeneration Plant in Martin County, east of the Everglades. And right before the plant imploded, FPL CEO Eric Silagy announced that the utility will build a solar center near the site.

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Coal Stories May 6

The costs of most existing coal-fired power plants in the US are now more expensive than the total costs of wind and solar as a result of their plunging costs, according to a new study.

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Coal Stories March 24

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • A climate group report shows fossil-fuel financing continues to rise despite Paris Agreement pledges.
  • The world’s largest coal mining company sets its sights on solar.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories March 12

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • China built more new wind farms in 2020 than the world combined in 2019 – and a lot of coal plants.
  • Supermarket chain Aldi announces its new clean energy and sustainability goals.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories February 15

India’s coal power has continued to decline since reaching a peak in 2018, according to an analysis by independent climate and energy think tank Ember. India’s coal-fired electricity generation fell 5% in 2020 due to significantly reduced annual electricity demand as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. It is the second consecutive year that coal power has fallen, with coal generation down 8% in 2020 compared to 2018.

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Coal Stories January 26

West Virginia is getting a 115 MW wind farm, which will increase the state’s wind power by 15%. Here’s why that’s a really big deal – and why West Virginia’s governor, Jim Justice, is so excited.

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Coal Stories December 18, 2020

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station coal plant’s smokestacks have been toppled — VIDEO.
  • The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance releases principles to accelerate US commercial fleet electrification.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Coal Stories October 26, 2020

Bob Murray, the board chairman of Murray Energy, the largest privately owned — and bankrupt — US coal operator, died on Sunday at age 80. He had announced his retirement less than a week before.

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Coal Stories October 1, 2020

Bob Murray, ex-CEO of the now-bankrupt Murray Energy, has filed for black lung benefits, as reported today by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Murray Energy was once the largest private coal mining company in the US, and Murray, who spent decades as a coal miner himself, is currently dying of black lung.

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Coal Stories September 10, 2020

The Polish government announced on Tuesday that it would be making a major pivot away from coal and toward green and nuclear energy. Here’s why.

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Coal Stories August 5, 2020

In its first corporate sustainability report, the federally owned utility Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) says it’s on track to reduce emissions by 70% below 2005 levels by 2030.

But on Monday, Donald Trump fired two members of its board of directors, including its chair, on the grounds that it’s hiring low-cost foreign labor. The TVA says that’s not true. So what’s really going on?

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Coal Stories July 23, 2020

Green energy, which includes wind, solar, hydro, and bioenergy, has generated 40% of European Union electricity for the first time in 2020, compared to fossil fuels generating 34%, independent think-tank Ember said in a half-yearly report.

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Coal Stories July 10, 2020

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday urged countries to stop financing coal and pledge not to build new coal-fired power plants. Guterres made his statements at an online summit hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which drew over a half-million online viewers.

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Coal Stories July 1, 2020

Out of Spain’s 15 coal-fired plants, seven ceased operations on June 30. Four more will soon follow, putting Spain on track to ultimately become coal-free. The country closed all its coal mines two and a half years ago as a result of the European Union banning their state aid.

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Coal Stories May 12, 2020

On February 20, Hartshorne Mining Group, who owns Poplar Grove, a thermal coal mine in western Kentucky that was lauded as the first to open under Donald Trump’s pro-coal administration, filed for bankruptcy. Hartshorne then filed a lawsuit against the US government this month because they were not awarded coronavirus relief money.

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Coal Stories May 8, 2020

A coal mine in South Tyneside that has been abandoned since 1932 will be transformed into a green energy heating system as part of a new £7 million renewable energy plan.

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Coal Stories April 22, 2020

Just days after Austria shut its last coal power plant, Sweden has followed suit with the closure of Stockholm Exergi AB’s Värtaverket plant, two years ahead of schedule. Belgium shut down its last coal power station in 2016.

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Coal Stories April 13, 2020

American coal generation declined 36% in March compared to the year before. With oil prices at new low levels, coal is now the most expensive fossil fuel on the planet. Reuters reports that nearly half of global coal plants will run at a loss this year. That’s all sad news for coal country, but it means that electric cars continue to get cleaner.

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Coal Stories March 13, 2020

Green energy undercuts more than $600B in coal investments

Coal developers risk wasting nearly $640 billion because it’s already cheaper to generate electricity from green energy than from new coal plants in all major markets, Carbon Tracker Initiative reported yesterday.

Coal Stories February 28, 2020

West Virginia may install solar on former coal sites

The environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy is working with West Virginia’s Coalfield Development Corporation to put large-scale solar energy on a decommissioned coal mine site. This would be a first in West Virginia.

Coal Stories February 14, 2020

Why Wyoming’s coal habit is turning it into an energy dinosaur

The Wyoming legislature proposed a bill this week that would have penalized — yes, penalized — utility companies for using green energy to supply electricity to customers. Fortunately, the bill didn’t receive sufficient votes to advance.

Coal Stories February 5, 2020

Paradise lost: TVA shuts down another coal plant unit (and could do a lot more)

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) shut down its last operating unit at its Paradise Fossil Plant (pictured) in western Kentucky this week. Paradise was one of TVA’s biggest coal plants.

The TVA was created during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1933 to bring power and economic development to one of the areas of the US hit hardest by the Great Depression.

Coal Stories January 8, 2020

US emissions fell 2.1% in 2019. Here’s why

The US saw a 2.1% fall in greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, according to a new report titled “Preliminary US Emissions Estimates for 2019” by independent research company Rhodium Group.

This was due to a decrease in coal plants, which resulted in an emissions drop of 190 million metric tons.

Coal Stories December 20, 2019

Yes, India really is moving away from coal and toward green energy

Tim Buckley, the director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in Sydney, puts forward the case in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about how India is pulling away from coal and toward green energy.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists are the keepers of the Doomsday Clock.

Coal Stories December 18, 2019

While his company spiraled into bankruptcy, Robert Murray spent tens of millions from the company coffers to pay himself, his successor, and several anti-science and anti-environment lobby groups, according to new court filings.

This money was spent at the same time as Murray is asking courts to excuse his debts to his workers, in the form of pensions and healthcare plans.

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Coal Stories December 5, 2019

Coal: it’s uninsurable, it’s deadly, yet banks (and the DOE and EPA) still support it

US and European insurers are now refusing to cover coal, yet the Independent reports that UK banks are still loaning money to finance new coal plants (in addition to many other global banks). Throw in new Energy of Secretary Dan Brouillette’s rather bizarre statement this week that “coal has a bright future,” and it’s apparent that the demise of coal isn’t going to be entirely straightforward.

Coal Stories December 3, 2019

The US Senate confirmed former deputy energy secretary Dan Brouillette to be the next energy secretary last night. Yesterday, Brouillette said that Donald Trump told him to figure out a way to boost coal.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Brouillette, who was accompanied by his predecessor, Rick Perry, said, “What the president has directed us to do is to look for different ways to utilize coal.”

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Coal Stories November 25, 2019

Virginia’s largest energy provider tries to sell coal in ‘100% renewable energy’ package

Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest energy provider, is removing a coal plant from a portfolio it is selling to consumers as “100% renewable energy” after backlash from environmental groups and businesses.

Coal Stories November 14, 2019

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • African Development Bank pulls out of an eastern Kenyan coal plant project at Lamu.
  • Seoul is putting solar on all public buildings and 1 million homes.
  • German steel giant Thyssenkrupp uses hydrogen as a step toward its net-zero-by-2050 pledge.
  • An earthquake in France earlier this week prolongs the shutdown of nuclear reactors until December.

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Coal Stories November 13, 2019

Navajo Generating Station, biggest coal plant in the US West, shuts down this week

The 2,400-MW Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in northeastern Arizona — the largest coal plant west of the Mississippi River — is shutting down this week.

Coal Stories November 4, 2019

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • EPA weakens pollution rules on how power plants store coal waste and release metals into waterways.
  • The UK puts a moratorium on fracking.
  • New Delhi declares a health emergency due to the worst pollution in three years.
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s new report says a US coast-to-coast transmission “super-grid” is possible.

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Coal Stories October 29, 2019

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The largest private coal company in the US, owned by Robert Murray (above), has filed for bankruptcy.
  • Could saltwater and rust be the latest source of green energy?
  • Which US metro areas have the most solar panels on homes?
  • The Bureau of Land Management approved what will become the largest wind farm in the US.

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Coal Stories September 23, 2019

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • What’s happening today at the UN Climate Action Summit.
  • Countries need to triple climate emissions targets to limit 2C global heating.
  • Global electric bus adoption will triple by 2025.
  • More Americans are worried about the environment — but they have to make real changes. expand full story

Coal Stories August 19, 2019

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Greenpeace names the worst global sulfur dioxide air pollutant hotspots.
  • The UK is exploring using minewater as a source of geothermal energy.
  • A gas plant in Fife, Scotland, sparks safety fears due to technical failures.
  • Six green energy ideas that flopped.

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Coal Stories July 15, 2019

After an increase in 2018, energy-related CO2 emissions in the US are expected to decrease this year, and a drop in coal consumption is far and away the biggest reason for the change.

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Coal Stories July 9, 2019

In today’s EGEB:

  • The newest FERC energy infrastructure update reveals even more coal retirements.
  • A new study claims Europe could get 10x of its electricity needs through onshore wind alone.
  • Solar installations pick up in New York City.
  • Cleaning up China’s air pollution can increase solar output.

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Coal Stories June 19, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency, failing in their sole duty to protect the environment, has moved ahead with its plans to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, as EPA Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler signed the final so-called “Affordable Clean Energy” rule into effect today.

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Coal Stories June 10, 2019

US electricity generation capacity from renewable energy sources surpassed coal for the first time this April, and that gap looks to grow substantially during the next three years.

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Coal Stories May 16, 2019

In today’s EGEB:

  • Democrats look to extend solar and wind tax credits…
  • …while the IEA sees the phaseout as encouraging to wind development.
  • One of the largest coal producers in the US files for bankruptcy.
  • UK solar generation peaked twice in the past week.

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