Idaho Power Makes Case for Wyoming Coal Plant Investment

(Associated Press, November 10) – Executives for Idaho’s biggest utility say it’s essential to invest $130 million into upgrades at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant. Idaho Power Co. Senior Vice President Lisa Grow told state regulators on Thursday that not investing in the Jim Bridger plant would be a great risk for the company. Grow also […]

Ur-Energy Closes $34M State Bond Loan

(Wyoming Business Report, November 11) – According to a release from the company, the state bond loan was secured by assets at the uranium facility and will be repaid at the fixed rate of 5.75 percent per year on a quarterly basis starting in January. The principal will be tackled over 28 quarterly installments beginning in […]

WMA Comments at EPA Listening Session

 Comments of the Wyoming Mining Association Environmental Protection Agency Listening Session On Proposed Carbon Dioxide Rules for Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants Denver, Colorado October 30, 2013  The Wyoming Mining Association (WMA) is a statewide trade organization that represents and advocates for 39 mining company members producing bentonite, coal, trona and uranium, as well as one […]

Despite Environmentalists, Coal is Still King Worldwide

(Daily Caller, October 28) – Despite huge gains made by environmentalists against the U.S. coal industry, the favorite stocking-stuffer is on the rise globally. The Worldwatch Institute, an environmental group, reported that coal made up 29.9 percent of the world’s energy consumption in 2012 and is on track to beat out oil as the world’s primary energy […]

Wyoming Invests $34 Million Uranium Mine Bonds

(Associated Press, October 25) – The state of Wyoming has invested $34 million in an in-situ uranium mine 15 miles southwest of Bairoil in Sweetwater County. State Treasurer Mark Gordon says the state has purchased industrial revenue development bonds funding the Lost Creek In-Situ Uranium Recovery Project, operated by Ur-(you-ARE’)-Energy. The mine already is producing […]

Mead: Asian Officials Eager to Buy Wyoming Coal

(Casper Star Tribune, October 24) – Officials in Taiwan and South Korea are eager to buy Wyoming coal to satisfy an expected 250 percent increase in demand for the product during the next decade, Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday. The state, he said, first must deal with opposition from Oregon and Washington residents who object to […]

Coal Industry Eyes Comeback as Efficient Plants Encourage Use

(Bloomberg, October 21) –  Coal use in the U.S. is set to grow this year and next from a two-decade low as more efficient coal plants that can withstand new environmental regulations supplant old ones, an industry group predicted. Hal Quinn, the president of the National Mining Association, said coal use is projected to be […]