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U.S. Has Fewest Coal Mines Since the Lightbulb Was Patented

September 04, 2015

The 21st century looks a lot like the 19th for U.S. coal. America ended 2013 with the fewest coal mines operating since the late 1800’s and the shutdowns have continued as companies cope with a slew of hurdles, from cheap natural gas to increasingly stringent environmental regulations, according to an Energy Information Administration report Thursday.

This Ohio utility has an innovative plan to save Coal power: force customers to buy it

September 04, 2015

A power utility in Ohio is attempting to shaft its own customers in a manner so shameless as to defy description. Yet describe it we must, for it represents everything backward and perverse in the electricity sector and reveals that the interests of the institutions that provide electricity have come fundamentally out of sync with the interests of the citizens who depend on it.

Large Australian Coal Project Clears Legal Hurdle

September 04, 2015

Conservationists have failed in an attempt to block the development of a large new coal mine by India’s GVK and Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart.

New Coal research centre to boost Aus-India energy partnership

September 03, 2015

Premier energy research institutions of India and Australia have signed a deal to start a new centre for bilateral collaboration in research and technology development for both fossil fuels and renewable energy with a focus on clean coal technologies. 

Coal ministry seeks exemption from forest clearances

September 03, 2015

The ministry of coal has sought an exemption from forest clearances in prospecting for coal to help boost production of the fuel.

Coal Sector, Banks Worst Affected

September 03, 2015

The nationwide strike on Wednesday called by trade unions to protest against the central government's disinvestment moves and the proposed reforms in labour laws badly hit mining, including coal production, in the state, officials said.

The Coal Industry Is Hurting, But Its Execs Are Still Getting Raises

September 03, 2015

In 2014, CEOs of the top 30 publicly-held oil, gas and coal companies earned 9% more than the average CEO of a S&P 500 company.

Eggborough Coal plant closure worsens UK Power crunch

September 03, 2015

A coal-fired power plant that produces 4pc of the UK’s electricity is set to close in March, increasing the risk of blackouts in winter 2016-17 and threatening the loss of 240 jobs.

Final number of inviolate coal blocks down from 206 to less than 35

September 02, 2015

To be finalised soon by the government, the number of inviolate coal blocks where mining will be banned is likely to be reduced from the originally identified 206 to less than 35. The environment ministry has decided to again dilute the parameters for identifying which of India's 793 blocks are located under healthy and important forest patches, not to be chopped down.

Jindal Steel Coal mine in Australia to be shut down

September 02, 2015

One of Australia's oldest coal mines on Tuesday said it was being shut by its Indian owner Jindal Steel and Power as market conditions in the sector continue to deteriorate and financial pressures on producers mount.

Let Coal Die a Natural Death

September 02, 2015

Coal-fired electricity is becoming ever less profitable. That's the good news -- or it should be, since it gives power companies greater incentive to embrace cleaner and cheaper sources of energy. 

Coals Worst Days Behind It as Archaic Grid Crimps Gas Growth

September 02, 2015

While 2015 has been a disastrous year for U.S. coal, the worst days may be just about over.Coal’s share of electricity generation fell to 30 percent in April, when the fuel for the first time ceded its crown as the primary source for power generation to natural gas. That’s about as much as its market share can shrink unless the power grid’s updated and more gas pipelines get built, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said.

How were unscrupulous firms allocated Coal blocks: Court

September 01, 2015

A special court hearing the coal scam cases today wondered as to how "unscrupulous companies" were allocated coal blocks and the Ministry of Coal (MoC) did not scrutinise the applications filed by the firms either before or after the approval granted by PMO. 

Energy companies more reliant on dirtyCoal to produce electricity than they were a decade ago

September 01, 2015

Two of Britain’s largest energy suppliers are more reliant on coal to produce the electricity they sell to customers than they were 10 years ago.

Coalgate: Ex-Coal secy passes buck to Manmohan Singh, CBI refutes

September 01, 2015

Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta on Monday told a special court that then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given the "final approval" for allocation of coal block to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), a charge refuted by CBI which said the then premier was "kept in the dark".

Coal miners memorial rises from tragedy, honor and community sacrifice

August 31, 2015

On this day when there is iced snow on the ground and a biting March wind is rustling among the evergreens, Frank Markosek will not say much.

Coal M&A predicted to rise as prices slump and growth projects prove difficult

August 31, 2015

Consolidation is set to sweep Australia's struggling coal sector over the next six to 12 months, as diversified majors lose patience with depressed coal prices and companies choose M&A instead of navigating a political and environmental minefield to develop new projects. 

Coal India to weed out anomalies in pricing system: Piyush Goyal

August 31, 2015

State-run miner Coal India will weed out anomalies in its pricing system and tweak it to reflect the true heat content of the coal it sells, coal and power minister Piyush Goyal has said. 

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

August 31, 2015

Workers in a rural warehouse here are restoring four machines: a locomotive for coal miner Consol Energy Inc., and three 1947 San Francisco streetcars.

Newcastle grasps what Tony Abbott cannot – Coal time has passed

August 31, 2015

The news last week that the Newcastle city council had voted to divest from fossil fuel stocks was one of those signposts that historians will some day cite to mark the greatest economic transition in human history.


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