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Vattenfall gets EU green light to sell German coal assets

Wyoming coal

BERLIN (AP) — Energy company Vattenfall AB says it has received approval from the European Commission to sell its loss-making coal assets in Germany. The Swedish state-owned company said Thursday that it expects the transfer to Czech energy company EPH and private equity group PPF Investments to be completed in the coming weeks. The assets include four active mines and ...

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Energy secretary: Administration working hard for coal power

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the “war on coal” political messaging is untrue, adding that the Obama administration is working to keep coal an important part of a low-carbon energy future. Moniz spoke Monday at West Virginia University during the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum. He also toured Longview Power’s coal-fired plant with Sen. Joe ...

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Can North Dakota coal survive in a clean power era?

Freedom Mine, lignite coal, Beulah

In the last few years, it’s oil and gas that people think of when North Dakota’s energy industry is mentioned. But they often forget about #coal, a staple in the state’s energy economy, and still providing a healthy backbone for communities near North Dakota lignite mines. This week, Inside Energy wrote an article detailing why North Dakota lignite is still an influential ...

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Paul Ryan unveils plan to roll back Obama-era regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday unveiled the third installment of his “agenda project” with a sweeping 57-page plan to roll back regulations on energy and the environment, labor issues and the financial services industry. “The bureaucracy is not listening to the American people, and as a result less jobs, less businesses, less prosperity, lower wages,” Ryan ...

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US wind energy output hit record in ’15, industry group says

US wind energy output hit record in '15, industry group says

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — An industry group says wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes. The American Wind Energy Association said Tuesday that wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. It says coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that. The association released the statistics ...

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Anger in China’s coal country as miners feel left behind

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

JUNDESHAN, China (AP) — Hanging from a highway overpass two hours’ drive from the Siberian border, a local government banner reads like a last-gasp exhortation to this exhausted coal community: “Improve our structure, change our methods, transform our city.” This area has transformed in dire ways as China has retreated from coal and heavy industry. Li Jiuxian, who hasn’t been ...

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Declining prices hit energy-producing states hard

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — While other states were tightening their belts during the dark days of the Great Recession, Wyoming was socking away billions of dollars in energy revenues in the bank, building new schools and funding an endowment that offers college scholarships to its high school grads. But with the recent slide in energy prices, fuel-rich states like Wyoming and ...

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Energy Spotlight: Joe Horvath

Joe Horvath caught the energy bug eight years ago while handling public relations for a utility that was trying to build a coal-fired power plant in Virginia. “I got a pretty good dose of what the issues were and what the landscape was,” he said of the project that ended up being canceled. “At that time, though, people were saying, ...

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Amid push to cut coal, feds review mine lease program

The Department of the Interior is leasing millions of acres of federal coal to private mining companies even as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to curb greenhouse gases from coal-burning power plants and natural gas pipelines under the president’s Climate Action Plan. To environmentalists and some Navajo activists living near coal mines in New Mexico, the disconnect between leasing ...

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