Archive: Coal

4th of July decorations in Roche Harbor include Canadian and American flags and red, white and blue bunting. Courtesy: Creative Commons/Nate Ritter

U.S. and Canada Follow Different Climate Policy Paths—Does One Offer a Competitive Advantage?

Although the U.S. and Canada are both aiming for similar greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, the two countries are embarking on decidedly different approaches to reaching their goals, according to a report released on August 23. IHS Markit—a company that provides information, analytics, and solutions to customers in business, finance, and government—developed the report, titled […]


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The McLennan County Courthouse in Waco, Texas (United States). 25 June 2016

Texas Coal Plant Wins Tax Appraisal Case, Property Value Cut 60%

The Sandy Creek coal-fired power plant—a 900-MW facility in Riesel, Texas—won a major victory in court on August 19 when a McLennan County jury agreed that the plant was appraised at a much higher value than justified by market conditions. The appraisal district had suggested the plant be valued at $900 million in 2014 and […]

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Carbon Emissions from Natural Gas to Exceed Coal’s in 2016

By the end of this year, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from natural gas could surpass emissions from coal for the first time in nearly 45 years, according to projections by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook notes that consumption of natural gas in the U.S. between 1990 and 2005 […]


Support Wanes for Coal Industry Lobbying Groups

The downturn in the U.S. coal industry isn’t just hurting coal mining and coal-heavy power companies; it’s also having a devastating effect on the groups formed to help promote the industry—coal lobbyists. Three of the most prominent coal lobbying groups have seen high-profile supporters drop off of their membership lists in recent years, and with […]


WEC Inks Deal for Gas Plants to Replace Presque Isle

WEC Energy Group, parent company of We Energies, signed a deal with mining firm Cliffs Natural Resources that will support two natural gas engine plants in the Upper Peninsula (UP) region of Michigan and replace power currently supplied by the coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant, due to retire in 2020 (Figure 1).   The deal […]

St Clair Power Plant fire

Massive Fire Forces DTE Energy’s St. Clair Power Plant Offline

A massive fire broke out at DTE Energy’s St. Clair Power Plant in the early evening on August 11. Firefighters reportedly received the call for assistance at around 6:30 p.m. and fought the blaze well into the following morning. Video taken during the incident shows flames in several spots on the north end of the […]


Explosion at Chinese Coal Power Plant Reportedly Kills 21

News agencies are reporting that an explosion at a coal-fired power plant in Dangyang, a city in central China, has killed at least 21 people and injured five others, three seriously. The event is said to have occurred around 3:20 p.m. local time on August 11. The facility—designed to generate thermal power and sell slag, […]

Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility reached a major milestone on July 14, 2016, with the production of the first syngas. The syngas is being flared as part of the start-up testing operation. Courtesy: Mississippi Power/Southern Co.

Kemper IGCC In-Service Date Pushed Back by a Month

Mississippi Power has pushed back the in-service date of its much-delayed Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant by a month, to October 31, 2016. Initial production of syngas at the plant began on July 14, and testing continues of gasifier B and related lignite feed and ash systems. “The schedule extension provides for […]