Candidates Propose Different Paths Forward for Wyoming’s Coal

(Sheridan Press, August 12) – Discussions about economic diversification have featured in nearly every Wyoming race this election cycle, with candidates suggesting ways the state can decrease its reliance on revenues from the volatile energy sector. At the same time, however, candidates are proposing solutions to the challenges facing the state’s energy sector and that […]

Barrasso: America’s Self-Imposed Uranium Shortage

(Wall Street Journal, February 8) – Uranium plays a vital role in maintaining America’s national security. The element powers nearly a quarter of the U.S. Navy’s fleet and keeps the lights on in around 20% of American homes and businesses. So why is the U.S. relying on adversaries to supply it with uranium? The American West—including […]

Ramaco Rezone Unrelated to Mine

(Sheridan Media, January 24) – Ramaco Carbon’s request for a rezone of land in the Acme area is entirely separate from the company’s request to operate Brook Mine. As Sheridan Media reported earlier, Ramaco will go before the Sheridan County planning commission on Feb. 1 asking that about 114 acres of land around the Acme […]

Wyoming Uranium Producers Appeal to Trump to Decrease Foreign Imports

(Casper Star Tribune, January 21) – The two largest uranium producers in the country, both operating in Wyoming, are asking President Donald Trump for relief from one of their greatest challenges: foreign imports. Denver-based Energy Fuels and Ur-Energy petitioned the Department of Commerce to look into whether imports from dominant uranium producers, like Russia, pose […]

US Coal Train Loadings Climb 9.7% on Week with Gains Across Major Basins

(Platts, January 19) – Data filed by the four major US railroads — CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF and Norfolk Southern — for the week ending January 12 shows US coal loadings averaged 86.5 trains/d, up from 78.9 trains/d the previous week. Data filed by the four major US railroads — CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF and […]

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 […]