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FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. An online meeting that was meant to decide the future of the major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico has been derailed by a group of young people who interrupted the proceedings by playing rap music laden with racial epithets and posting derogatory messages. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission was hosting the virtual meeting Wednesday, April 1, 2020, regarding the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico panel OKs abandonment of coal-fired power plant

Apr. 1, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday green-lighted an application by the state's largest electric utility to abandon its interest in a major coal-fired power plant as the state works toward emission-free mandates and more renewable energy. The Public Regulation Commission voted...

FILE - In a June 3, 2014, photo, the Paradise Fossil Plant stands in Drakesboro Ky. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

Iconic plant's end spells doom for struggling coal industry

Mar. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the...

New Mexico panel weighs decision on coal-fired power plant

Mar. 19, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to deciding whether to approve an application by the state's largest electric provider to abandon its interest in a major coal-fired power plant in 2022. At a meeting Wednesday, the Public Regulation Commission said it plans to issue its order April...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Mar. 11, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Philly needs to make tough calls on coronavirus — canceling St. Patrick’s parade was the right one The Philadelphia Inquirer March 10 The Philadelphia Department of Public Health officially confirmed the first case...

Indiana lawmakers back new steps on coal plant closures

Mar. 10, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal that environmental groups have decried as propping up the coal industry narrowly won approval Tuesday from Indiana lawmakers. Republican sponsors of the bill said its provisions making it more difficult for electric utility companies to close more coal-fired power plants are...

Consumer Counsel wants more info on Colstrip purchase

Mar. 10, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — NorthWestern Energy's proposal to purchase a larger portion of a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Montana for $1 doesn't include analysis to show the acquisition is in the public interest and will result in reasonable electricity charges, a legal team representing customers of...

Del. Terry Kilgore R-Scott, left, talks with Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, during the House session at the Capitol Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Legislators from southwest Virginia have mounted a huge push to oppose the possible early closure of one of the country's newest coal plants. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In Virginia, a push to save country's 'cleanest' coal plant

Feb. 28, 2020 5:59 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials from southwest Virginia have mounted a last-minute push to oppose the possible early closure of one of the country's newest coal plants. A Dominion Energy facility in Wise County that opened eight years ago and is frequently touted as the cleanest of its type could close...

Senate panel alters bill that would slow coal plant closures

Feb. 28, 2020 1:05 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel has passed a stripped-down version of a bill consumer and environmental groups have argued could stifle growth in renewable energy such as wind and solar power by making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close more coal-fired power plants. The...

Regulators contesting proposed Wyoming coal mining merger

Feb. 26, 2020 3:20 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal regulators said Wednesday they are contesting two coal companies' proposed Wyoming operations merger, saying the proposal would stifle competition that has helped keep down prices. The Federal Trade Commission issued a complaint against Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, both based...

South Africa giving billions to struggling state-owned firms

Feb. 26, 2020 10:06 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa on Wednesday announced an additional $3.5 billion in government spending for struggling state-owned power utility Eskom and national carrier South African Airways over the next three years as the country’s weak economy faces an electricity crisis. Finance Minister...