Trump Administration Offers $50 Million to Build Two Clean Coal Plants

(Washington Examiner, August 24) – Less than 24 hours after the release of a major grid study that looks to help ailing coal plants, the Trump administration announced a $50 million pilot project to build two next-generation coal-fired power plants. The Department of Energy announced the funding opportunity on Thursday “to design, construct and operate two […]

Coal Sector Says DOE Study Met Expectations, Plans Steps to Preserve Coal Fleet

(SNL, August 24) – A new government study of the U.S. electricity grid could prove to be a valuable tool in the coal sector’s push to position the fuel as a prime source of grid reliability and resilience. The U.S. Department of Energy report backs up a major talking point of the coal sector — […]

Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department’s Power Grid Study

(Wyoming Public Media, August 24) – The U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas, according to a study from the Department of Energy. But not everyone is buying it. Environmentalists suspect the Trump administration is just trying to prop up an ailing coal industry. […]

U.S. Energy Department Study says More Coal, Nuclear Needed to Secure Grid

(Reuters, August 24) – Cheap natural gas and the growth in renewable energy are speeding up the closure of coal and nuclear plants, putting the resilience of the U.S. electric grid at risk, according to an Energy Department report released on Wednesday. The long-anticipated study could rankle renewable energy advocates who fear the administration of […]

U.S. Lays Groundwork for Saving Coal Plants with Grid Report

(Bloomberg, August 24The Energy Department, in a long-anticipated report on the security of the U.S. electric grid, makes the case for rescuing the nation’s coal industry from widespread plant shutdowns, but stops short of an assault on renewable power that environmentalists had feared. The study, commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry who has warned that policies favoring solar […]

Federal Electricity Study Hints at Future Support for Coal

(New York Times, August 23) – The Trump administration on Wednesday released a major report urging actions to protect the “reliability and resilience” of the nation’s electric grid, a move that could lay the groundwork for future support of America’s ailing coal and nuclear industries. The 187-page study, commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry in April, recommends that […]

US Weekly Coal Carload Counts Hit Another Year-High Mark

(Platts, August 23) – Continued volume gains in the West have pushed US coal carload counts to a new year-high mark in each of the last four weeks.Continued volume gains in the West have pushed US coal carload counts to a new year-high mark in each of the last four weeks. For the week ended […]

Interior Department Repeals Obama-Era Rule on Coal Royalties

(Associated Press, April 3) – The Interior Department said Monday it is scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don’t shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West. The Trump administration had put the rule on hold after mining companies challenged the regulation in federal […]

Peabody Emerges from Bankruptcy, Cuts $5 Billion in Debt

(Casper Star Tribune, April 4) – Peabody Energy emerged from bankruptcy Monday, leaving behind $5 billion in debt and providing $1.26 billion in surety bonds to replace its unsecured cleanup costs. The St. Louis-based firm is the last of the large coal companies operating in Wyoming to exit Chapter 11 since a downturn in the […]

‘Too Valuable to Burn’: Ramaco to Turn Coal from Wyo. Mine into Car, Plane Parts

SNL, Taylor Kuykendall, 2/23/2017 Ramaco Carbon LLC is aiming to “fundamentally diversify the future of the coal industry” with a “coal to cars” mine, research center and industrial park. The facility is a partnership of the Ramaco Resources Inc. affiliate as well as national research teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Grossman Group for […]