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FILE - This April, 2006, file photo shows the Four Corners Power Plant in Waterflow, N.M., near the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico. The closure of the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades.
Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Coal industry on Navajo Nation could end with plant closure

Jan. 23, 2020 7:48 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico,...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. The decision by BlackRock Inc. should create more investment...

FILE - This Jan. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Belle Ayr Mine near Gillette, Wyo. The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines is at odds with the owner of two huge industrial shovels, a dispute that could affect the mines' ability to continue operating. Eagle Specialty Materials has been using Komatsu's shovels without permission and compensation, Komatsu alleged in a filing in U.S. bankruptcy court for southern West Virginia. Eagle Specialty Materials acquired the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in a bankruptcy sale in 2019. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

New Wyoming mine owner at odds with Komatsu over big shovels

Jan. 22, 2020 6:49 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines is at odds with the owner of two huge industrial shovels, a dispute that could affect the mines' ability to continue operating. Eagle Specialty Materials has been using Komatsu's shovels without permission and compensation, Komatsu alleged in a...

Wyoming, Montana seek Supreme Court ruling on coal exports

Jan. 21, 2020 2:16 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming and Montana asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule on Washington State's denial of a permit for a port facility that could boost U.S. coal exports. The coal-producing Rocky Mountain states argue the denial violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which...

Illinois approves coal company's mine water pumping proposal

Jan. 19, 2020 9:24 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources approved the first of three permits for a coal company's plan to discharge waste water from a mine into the Big Muddy River. If approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Williamson Energy LLC's Pond Creek Mine pipeline...

Winding paths to teaching for paralegal, logger, actress

Jan. 18, 2020 3:06 AM EST

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — Lindsay Weaver used to work as a paralegal. Now she lays down the law of language for her Danville Middle School students. Alyssa Pittenger was in fashion management and visual merchandising for the Nordstrom department store in King of Prussia then in Rockville, Maryland. That was...

Judge says conservation group can look into energy panel

Jan. 17, 2020 6:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A conservation group can seek details from the Trump administration on whether it followed recommendations from an illegally created industry advisory group to ease rules for oil, gas and coal extraction, according to a federal court ruling. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said in...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, photo, miners, who say they haven't been paid in nearly three weeks, set up a tent at the site where they block a coal train in the Kimper area of Pike County, Ky. A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory with their paychecks.  (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky coal miners end protest with paychecks

Jan. 16, 2020 6:34 PM EST

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory with their paychecks. Miners and their families began standing on the tracks leading from Quest Energy in Pike County on Monday, preventing a train...

Power utility plans solar projects in Colorado, New Mexico

Jan. 16, 2020 11:33 AM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has started contracting for new solar power projects in western Colorado as it works to end operations at a coal-fired power plant and coal mine. The utility will end its coal-fired power generation statewide to transition about...

A man casts his shadow in the coal port of the Mehrum coal-fired power plant in the district of Peine in Hohenhameln, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Germany wants to gradually phase out the climate-damaging combustion of coal for electricity generation by 2038. ( Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

Germany agrees timeline, compensation for coal phase-out

Jan. 16, 2020 8:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will pay utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country's efforts to fight climate change, the government said Thursday. The agreement reached after late-night deliberations between federal ministers and...