Archive: Coal

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Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

In a final 52–46 vote, the Senate on Friday confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vote was mostly along party lines. Every Republican present except Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted for Pruitt (Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] did not vote because he is at […]

The 2,250-MW Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. Courtesy: Gail Reitenbach

Utility Owners Vote to Shut Down 2.2-GW Navajo Generating Station

The utility owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Arizona have voted to shut down the 2,250-MW coal-fired power plant in December 2019. The decision to close the plant on tribal land near Page along the border with Utah was based on the “rapidly changing economics of the energy industry,” which has seen natural […]

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2017 Will be the Year for North American CCS, Expert Says

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) in North America is about to have its year, Julio Friedmann, senior adviser for energy innovation at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said during the February 8 Global CCS Institute’s annual Americas Forum. “We are just now like fully deployed and hopefully that will finally quash […]

A macro view of coal. Source: Kai Schreiber (Genista)

DONG Energy to Phase Out Coal Use in Power Plant Fleet

Denmark’s DONG Energy is the latest in a string of power companies that are shunning the use of coal in future generation fleets. The company said on February 8 it will stop burning coal completely by 2023 in its power stations, replacing it with sustainable biomass. The measure is part of a company-wide transformation towards […]

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As Trump Takes Over, Who Wields Power?

What do we know as of February 1 about key Trump appointees responsible for administering White House policies affecting the power generation industry? Not much. As the Trump administration settles in, how his teams at energy and environment agencies will implement his policy agenda remains unclear, as does his agenda. At the end of January, […]

2.	A renewables surge. A draft national electricity plan published by the Indian government in December outlines a capacity expansion from 302 GW in March 2016 to 523 GW by the end of 2022. The expansion will be characterized by a surge in renewables capacity. The government anticipates non-hydro renewables will comprise 33% of installed power capacity by 2022, while coal will have a much smaller 47.5% share. Source: Central Electricity Authority

India to Freeze Coal Construction, Focus on Expanding Renewables

A draft national electricity plan published in December by India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA)—a statutory organization that is overseen by the Ministry of Power—looks to add 101,645 MW of new conventional capacity during the current 12th Five-Year Plan (2012–2017), nearly 85% of which will be coal-fired. But after that, through 2022, the country will refrain […]

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CHP 2.0: New Fuels and New Business Models

A variety of approaches have been used to capture new benefits from combined heat and power (CHP) facilities. Some owners have transitioned to new fuels or added renewables to the mix, while others have implemented unique business models to spur development. As district heating systems are brought into the 21st century, the CHP sector seems […]

1.	Choo, choo! For some generators, the cost of rail transportation exceeds the cost of the coal itself, and contracts can include penalties for plants that miss delivery targets. Courtesy: Gail Reitenbach

Coal Fuel Contracts: A Moving Target

In recent years, coal power generators have faced increasing difficulty predicting annual fuel requirements due to more cycling and low-load operation. That presents problems for the people negotiating fuel contracts. Not all mining companies are amenable to contract changes, but some unique solutions have been developed. Remember when coal-fired power plants supplied baseload power 24/7/365 […]

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Energy Industries Look Forward to Regulatory Relief under Trump

Heads of some of the nation’s energy trade groups are looking forward to a rollback of regulations under the Trump administration, they said January 31 during a panel discussion at the United States Energy Association’s annual State of the Energy Industry Forum. President and CEO of the National Mining Association, Hal Quinn, perhaps the most […]

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AEP Sells Competitive Natural Gas, Coal Power Plants

American Electric Power (AEP) has sold four competitive natural gas and coal power plants‚ a total of 5.2 GW, and plans to invest the proceeds from the sale in its regulated business. AEP completed the sale of the plants to Lightstone Generation LLC, a joint venture of Blackstone and an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners […]