Government, Business, Fuel

US Unveils Battery Strategy in West Virginia to Ease Coal Loss

Jennifer Granholm (left) and Sen. Joe Manchin Granholm (left) by Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg News; Manchin by Al Drago/Bloomberg News

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Sen. Joe Manchin on March 18 announced a program to develop lithium batteries in the U.S. as part of a broader strategy to help Appalachia amid a transition from coal.

Ari Natter | Bloomberg News
March 18, 2022
Business, Fuel

Energy Crunch Drives Carbon to Record as Europe Burns Coal

Energy Crunch Drives Carbon to Record as Europe Burns Coal A conveyor bridge operates at the Jaenschwalde open-cast lignite mine, near the Jaenschwalde lignite-fired power station in Germany. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Europe is growing increasingly reliant on coal to keep the lights on as the weather turns cold, sending the cost of polluting to a record.

November 22, 2021
Business, Fuel

Coal Hits 12-Year High, Threatening More Energy Inflation

Coal Hits 12-Year High, Threatening More Energy Inflation Norfolk Southern Corp. rail cars filled with coal sit in the barney yard of the Lamberts Point coal transloading facility in Norfolk, Va. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

U.S. coal prices surged to the highest level in more than 12 years, threatening to bloat America’s already soaring electricity bills and signaling the fuel isn’t going to get phased out anytime soon.

Will Wade | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2021
Business, Fuel

Coal to Exit US Power System by 2033, Morgan Stanley Says

Metallurgical coal is loaded onto a barge in Ceredo, W.Va. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) Metallurgical coal is loaded onto a barge in Ceredo, W.Va. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Coal is on track to disappear from the U.S. power grid by 2033 as the push for a carbon-free electricity system gains strength, according to Morgan Stanley.

Will Wade | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2021
Government, Business

22 States Sue Trump Administration Over New Coal Rules

coal power plant with sunrise in background in Wyoming The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., on July 27, 2018. (Associated Press/J. David Ake)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Aug. 13 over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California’s governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry.

Don Thompson and Adam Beam | Associated Press
August 13, 2019

Coal Prices Are Up, and US Miners Still Can’t Catch a Break

Coal graphic

The global coal markets have been on a tear lately. And America’s miners still are tanking.

Will Wade | Bloomberg News
April 18, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Global Emissions Hit Record as Energy Demand Boosts Fuel Use

Emissions Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use hit a record last year after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade, reflecting higher oil consumption in the U.S. and more coal burning in China and India.

March 26, 2019
Government, Business, TCA

Trucking Company Protests Illinois Utility’s Pick for Coal-Hauling Contract

McLeod Express truck on highway A McLeod Express truck. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

An East St. Louis, Ill.-based trucking company president protested the city of Springfield’s decision to award a three-year coal-hauling contract to a Decatur-based firm and asked City Council members on Dec. 11 to instead give the contract to his company.

Crystal Thomas | The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)
December 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Mining Companies Looking at New Fleets, Could Use Autonomous Trucks to Save Millions

Komatsu dump truck Komatsu

Mining companies in Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of iron ore and coal, are poised to approve fresh investments in projects, driven by rallying commodity prices and the need to replace depleting deposits, according to global equipment supply giant, Komatsu Ltd.

July 17, 2017

Coal Country Rebounding as Demand Rises and Global Competition Falters

Ty Wright/Bloomberg News

Before dawn, a coal miner named Cameron Justice stopped at a gas station in Mingo County, W.V., grabbing two cans of Monster Energy before heading into the pits.

Tim Loh | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2017