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Colorado power plant owners announce generating unit closure

Jul. 9, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Colorado have announced one of three generating units scheduled to close will stop operations in September 2028. PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project, Tri-State and Xcel Energy-Colorado own two of the three...

Wyoming governor: 10% cuts submitted, 10% more to follow

Jul. 9, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state agencies have submitted plans for 10% budget cuts that could eliminate services for children and the elderly and slash funding for mental health programs, Gov. Mark Gordon said. Another 10% cut across state agencies and layoffs will follow as Wyoming faces a steep...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jul. 8, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ July 8 Bluefield Daily Telegraph on West Virginia's mask mandate: Masks are now considered mandatory in both West Virginia and Virginia. Like it or not, facial coverings are one of the best tools we currently have to slow the surge in new coronavirus cases...

COVID-19 causes dismal quarter for Wyoming coal industry

Jul. 7, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coal production has fallen dramatically as the coronavirus exacerbates a long-term trend of diminishing demand for the fossil fuel to generate electricity. Wyoming's 16 coal mines produced 34% less coal in April, May and June compared with the same period in 2019, according to...

The controversial most modern Uniper Datteln 4 coal-powered plant steams behind a corn field one month after the operational start in Datteln, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. The state governors Dietmar Woidke of Brandenburg, Michael Kretschmer of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff of Saxony-Anhalt and Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia meet in Berlin for the adoption by the Bundestag and Bundesrat of the laws on coal phase-out and structural strengthening in the affected federal states. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision...

Colorado Springs to close coal-fired portions of plant early

Jun. 26, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Springs Utilities Board has committed to closing the coal-fired portions of a downtown power plant by 2023 — 12 years earlier than previous planned — and investing heavily in renewable energy in the coming decades. The Gazette reported Friday the...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jun. 24, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ June 23 The Intelligencer on people from West Virginia who contracted the novel coronavirus during their vacation: We hate to break the news to those of you planning to get away from it all for a few days, but there is no such thing as a carefree vacation this...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. Solar panels with the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of electricity and back-up battery storage systems would be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace the coal-fired generating station under one alternative that will be considered by state regulators. Hearing examiners with the state Public Regulation Commission issued the recommendations Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Solar leads options for replacing New Mexico power plant

Jun. 24, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Solar panels with the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of electricity and back-up battery storage systems would be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station under one alternative that will be considered by state regulators. ...

Activists criticize Vectren plan to keep 1 coal-fired plant

Jun. 20, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A utility that serves about 145,000 customers in southwestern Indiana plans to close three coal-fired power plants while adding solar and wind power as part of a larger proposal that environmental groups are criticizing because it would keep one coal power plant in operation....

Report: Montana coal production down amid declining demand

Jun. 17, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal production in Montana has decreased by more than 3 million tons in the last year, a result attributed to more affordable alternatives such as renewable resources, a federal energy report said. U.S. Energy Information Administration found that coal mines produced 32.8 million...