Coal spot prices remain unchanged for third week

Fossil & Biomass | By Daniel Tyson, The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
A short ton of Central Appalachia coal remained the same for the third consecutive week on the spot market, according to the Energy Information Agency. A short ton of Central Appalachia coal traded for $41.10 last week, according to EIA data. A month ago, a short ton of Central Appalachia was selling for $40.50 on the spot market. Northern Appalachia coal continued to lead the market, ...

Coal production expected to decline

Fossil & Biomass | By Daniel Tyson, The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
The downward trend for coal production is expected to continue far into the future, two recent reports found. Southern West Virginia's future is even bleaker as significant declines in the state's mining industry will continue to weigh heavily on the state over the next two decades. The coal production report, written by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the College of ...

Nearly all coal-dust samples within newest, strictest federal limits

Fossil & Biomass | By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader
The nation's coal mines were in compliance on nearly all dust samples taken this year with new monitors aimed at cutting miners' exposure to particles that can cause deadly black lung disease, federal regulators announced Monday. The coal industry had challenged the new dust-control rule, arguing among other things that the monitors had a high failure rate. However, Joseph A. Main, ...

Federal rules are protecting miners from coal dust

Fossil & Biomass | By Emily Gallagher, Times West Virginian, Fairmont
Mine health and safety officials are looking toward the third phase of lowering dangerous levels of respirable coal dust in mines across the nation. From April to June, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported about 99 percent of the respirable mine dust samples collected from across the country were in compliance with the agency's coal mine dust ...

Mt. Ashland going solar

Solar | By Ryan Pfeil, Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.
A portion of Mt. Ashland Ski Area's electricity will soon be provided by the sun's rays. The facility plans to install 85 solar panels on the roof of the ski park's vehicle shop roof, located near the main parking lot. Mt. Ashland will contribute $25,000 to the $117,000 project, with the rest paid for through grants from Pacific Power's Blue Sky Program and the Energy Trust of Oregon. ...

State regulators approve 6 percent NIPSCO rate hike

Business & Corporate | By Keith Benman, The Times, Munster, Ind.
State regulators Monday approved a 6 percent increase in NIPSCO electric rates one week after approving a separate increase that should hike customer bills an additional 1 percent per year through 2022. The 6 percent electric base rate increase was arrived at in a settlement with a number of consumer groups in February, and is about half of what the utility originally requested when ...

Weld County adopts first regulations on solar industry

Solar | By Catherine Sweeney, Greeley Tribune, Colo.
Weld County officials were excited to end a seven-month process when they adopted new regulations on solar energy projects Monday morning. Until then, Weld had no rules that governed that industry explicitly. Officials started working on them late last year, and the Board of Weld County Commissioners approved them unanimously during a regular meeting. "We finally made it," said ...

Solar energy powering up in Illinois

Solar | By Steve Tarter, Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.
Solar energy may finally be rising out of the darkness in Illinois. "The (solar) market is beginning to ripen here in the Midwest. The industry has been strong for a number of years on the east and west coasts," said Jason Hawksworth, founder of Hawk Energy Solutions in Washington. Hawk Energy, a company that designs, builds and provides financial information on solar projects, ...

'Stop the Blank Check' Coalition forms to oppose SCE&G rate hikes

Business & Corporate | By Roddie Burris, The State (Columbia, S.C.)
A statewide coalition has formed to fight SCE&G's ability to raise electric rates in South Carolina for nuclear construction when a project goes over budget and falls years behind schedule. The issue is construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County, where SCE&G and co-owner Santee Cooper are eight years into building two nuclear reactors that ...

Plans moving forward to fund solar panels on city of Bloomington buildings

Solar | By Megan Banta, Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.
Redevelopment officials on Monday approved funding for an initial step of installing solar panels on city buildings. The Bloomington Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved a payment of $5,770 in tax-increment financing dollars for structural engineering services. Under the contract approved Monday night, Indianapolis-based Silver Creek Engineering will make sure that City Hall ...

Department of the Navy, Dominion Virginia Power Agree to Develop More Solar in Virginia

Solar |
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DON) and Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) announced plans today to build a 21 megawatt (MW) direct current (DC) (18 MW alternating current) solar facility at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Take action on Clinton power plant

Nuclear | Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill.
Words come cheap when there's little action, and the people of Central Illinois will pay the price when the state fails to reach an agreement to keep open the Clinton and Quad-Cities nuclear power plants. The plants, owned by Exelon Corp., are scheduled to close next year in Clinton and a year later in the Quad-Cities. The company says the plants lose money and, to remain open, Exelon ...

Duterte told to end 'coal addiction' in PHL

International | Philippines News agency
Climate advocates on Friday asked the Duterte administration to ban new coal projects and prioritize the national energy policy review that was launched by the Climate Change Commission last month. Representatives of local church groups and national climate networks renewed their calls to stop the proposed 600-megawatt coal plant of JG Summit in the city and to review the existing Renewable ...

Homer City power plant running out of steam

Fossil & Biomass | By Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
One of the largest coal plants in Pennsylvania, which rose from the ashes of a 2012 bankruptcy and swung from being one of the state's dirtiest to one of its most modern coal power plants, is headed for default. And much of the blame goes to cheap natural gas. Homer City Generation, a joint venture headed by GE Capital, has seen power prices and revenue decrease over the past year, ...

Solar amendments: What they mean on your ballot

Solar | By Beth Kassab, Orlando Sentinel
Let's not make this solar stuff any harder than it has to be. Florida voters must make a choice on two different amendments related to solar energy on two separate Election Days this year. That makes for plenty of uncertainty. Which one is which? Should you vote for them? Why is solar energy so complicated in, of all places, the Sunshine State? With just six weeks to go until the Aug. ...

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