Coal impacts: recent emissions continuing to rise, workers – coal ash ponds – fighting for compensation for pollution-induced illness

After Coal Ash Verdict, Ill Workers Now Fighting for Compensation For dozens of workers who cleaned up the nation’s worst coal ash spill and became sick, a recent jury verdict against their employer was a major victory. Now, their attorneys will need to link each plaintiff’s illness or death to toxic substances in the ash to determine financial damages. The …

Is Exxon Conning Its Investors?

A New York State lawsuit charges that the oil giant has not properly accounted for the climate risks at the core of its business. By The Editorial Board, Nov. 25, 2018 The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. In August, a lawyer for Exxon Mobil told a …

Renewables (non-hydro) to power 72% of Germany by 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, 6 Nov 2018 In 2017, onshore wind power capacity accounted for the largest share of installed capacity in Germany with 24.1%, followed by coal with 22.1% and then solar PV with 20.2%. All up, non-hydro renewables contributed over half (51.6%) of Germany’s total installed power capacity in 2017. Looking forward, GlobalData sees Germany focusing on expanding …

Northern Indiana to go from 65% coal today to 0% by 2028 and save $4 billion in the process

Nov 8th, Clean Technica excerpt – full article at link On October 31, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. filed its latest Integrated Resource Plan— the company’s road map to the future. After considering more than 30 different proposals, NIPSCO found a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and demand management — along with a small amount of purchases from Midcontinent ISO — to be …

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 …