Category: Coal

Interior won’t say what it’s doing with coal health study

(Bloomberg) — The Trump administration isn’t sharing any details about its review of a coal mining study it halted three months ago. Democrats and environmentalists are becoming increasingly concerned about why the Interior Department remains silent about the National Academy of...

/ December 7, 2017

Vale expects to sell up to $1.5 bln in non-core assets through 2020

NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Brazilian miner Vale SA expects to sell up to $1.5 billion in non-core assets from 2018 to 2020, the company said in a presentation to investors in New York on Wednesday. It expects to...

/ December 7, 2017

Coal India November output, shipments rise to highest for month

Coal India Ltd.’s production and shipments in November rose to the most for the month in at least five years, as power plants procured more coal to boost inventories. Shipments jumped 5.2 percent from a year ago to 50.67 million...

/ December 5, 2017

In Germany's Appalachia, the last coal mine is closing

It’s a sunny October day on the outskirts of the west German town of Bottrop. A quiet, two-lane road leads me through farm pasture to a cluster of anonymous, low-lying buildings set among the trees. The highway hums in the...

/ December 4, 2017

Wind power inches up on hydropower in US

Wind turbines in the United States have grown in both average height and capacity over the past decade, according to data on utility-scale electricity generators collected by EIA. Wind turbine capacity is based largely on the length of the blades, and taller...

/ December 1, 2017

Clothes not coal incinerated by Swedish power plant

Image by Mike Mozart via Flickr Creative Commons license  The fortunes of a lagging coal industry were not helped by the actions of a Swedish power plant last week. The heat and power station northwest of Stockholm aims to become free...

/ November 27, 2017

New plant in the UK aims to transform biomass into ‘coal’

Scientists and industry in the United Kingdom are joining forces to build a commercial scale facility capable of transforming biomass into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties. This would be the first complex of its type in the country. HTC...

/ November 25, 2017

European investors to fund $53-million bio-coal plant

Baltania OÜ, a 100% owned subsidiary of Dutch private equity investment firm Momentum Capital, announced that it has made a conditional investment decision to commission an industrial-scale torrefaction bio-coal plant in Vägari, Estonia. The project would be carried out together...

/ November 24, 2017

South Africa's parliament delays passing key mining law

South Africa’s parliament will miss a December target to pass changes to mineral resource laws, seen as key for greater investor certainty, a senior parliamentary official said on Tuesday. In September, Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane told a mining conference in...

/ November 22, 2017

Trump to shrink Utah national monuments in bid to boost drilling, mining

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said on Friday, a change that will open parts of them to drilling and mining but which...

/ November 15, 2017

Rick Perry suggests proposal to force utilities to pay more for non-renewables

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has come up with a controversial plan to slow the closure of coal-powered fire plants, under the guise of stabilizing the power grid. The background of the yet-to-be-passed policy dates back to April, when Perry...

/ November 14, 2017

Awaiting Trump's coal comeback, miners reject retraining

When Mike Sylvester entered a career training center earlier this year in southwestern Pennsylvania, he found more than one hundred federally funded courses covering everything from computer programming to nursing. He settled instead on something familiar: a coal mining course....

/ November 14, 2017