To keep 2 C within range, coal has to be gone in OECD countries before 2030. For 1.5 C, it’s ASAP

RMI 2018  |  By Annie Benn et al. ReportL Managing the Coal Capital Transition DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY Coal was the preeminent fuel for grid-based electricity generation around the world for the better part of a century, but its time is coming to an end. With this transition, however, workers and communities are experiencing layoffs and the owners of coal-fired power plants are bracing themselves …

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of US Coal Fleet by 2030

Rhodium Group sees coal’s demise accelerating, absent “market interventions at a grand scale.” JEFF ST. JOHN AUGUST 16, 2018 There’s no way around it: The future is dim for U.S. coal. The U.S. coal power plant fleet has been shrinking for years, with the official tally of coal plants closed exceeding those still open as of late last year. Another 43 gigawatts, …

How one utility CEO stopped worrying and learned to love restructuring: The Massachusetts Electric Story

The Massachusetts Electric story, by EnergyFreedomCO.org Retail electricity restructuring – replacing a monopoly utility system with consumer choice of electricity provider – follows a different path in each state.  This account of how restructuring happened in Massachusetts, as told by a key facilitator, is particularly interesting because it was strongly supported by the CEO of one of the state’s largest monopoly utilities. …

Coal plant network operations and maintenance costs rose by 53% from 2009 to 2016. Costs of wind, solar and batteries continue to fall, now surpassing.

Caspar, Wyoming Star Tribune, 29 June 2018.  Is coal power too expensive in the country’s largest coal state? By Heather Richards BUY NOW A piece of coal from Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope Mine outside Wright is shown. A new study found coal power isn’t as cost effective as previously thought. Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune Everyone living in blustery Wyoming has been told that …

Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Planetsave. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton …

Funny, we don’t hear about Reagan’s “War on Coal”: Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman explains why coal is not coming back

By Joe Romm on Climate Progress, May 2018 NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST PAUL KRUGMAN SPEAKS IN WASHINGTON, DC ON OCTOBER 8, 2014. CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES In an exclusive interview, Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman explained to ThinkProgress why “coal is not coming back,” despite President Trump’s promises to the contrary. Krugman described Trump’s efforts to “desperately force clean energy …

Wind, solar deliver stunning 98 percent of new U.S. power capacity in January, February

Renewables to provide 69 percent of new capacity by March 2021, as dozens of coal plants are retired By JOE ROMM on Climate Progress APR 24, 2018 WIND TURBINES AND SOLAR PANELS IN CALIFORNIA, 2013. CREDIT: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES Solar and wind power was responsible for a remarkable 98 percent of all new U.S. power generation capacity that came online in the first two …

Black lung uprise is one of the worst industrial workplace disasters in American history: In just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, there are four times as many cases as thought nationally

In a study released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal researchers identified more than 400 cases of complicated black lung in three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017—the largest cluster ever reported. However, the actual number of cases is likely much, much higher as the government analysis relied on self-reporting. An ongoing investigation from NPR has counted …