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Coal Supplies at Electric Power Plants Drawn Down in Cold Weather

March 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Supply Draw Down

The average supply of coal fuel held in reserve at electric power generators in December 2013 dropped below sixty days worth of burn (a function of both inventory levels and anticipated consumption) for the first time since summer 2011.[read more]

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 1

March 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Economics are increasingly favoring investment in renewable energy at the expense of dirty coal energy. As the price of solar dips, the domestic demand for coal wanes and a growing number of companies are eager to get out of their investments in aging coal plants.[read more]

EIA Increases Short-Term Coal Retirement Prediction by 50%

February 20, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Short-Term Coal Retirement

Coal retirements are happening, and fast, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2014 Annual Energy Outlook reference case. EIA’s latest prediction that about 60 gigawatts of coal will retire by 2016 is up from about 40 gigawatts that it predicted just last year.[read more]

A Lesson For Dr. Kim And The World Bank As It Ponders The Kosovo Coal Project

January 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Kosovo Coal and the World Bank

When Dr. Kim, President of the World Bank, and leaders of other international financial institutions ponder funding new coal power projects this year - like the one in Kosovo - there's one word that should be seared into their memories: Sostanj.[read more]

Spending Bill Shouldn't Change US Funding for Overseas Coal Projects

January 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The U.S. budget bill takes the right steps toward restoring health and environmental safeguards for the American people and thanks to efforts by Democratic leaders key domestic climate action isn’t curtailed. But the bill includes some wrongheaded riders.[read more]

An Uptick in US Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Utilities Use More Coal

January 17, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

US Emissions Up

Finalizing its 2013 report on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects an increase of 2 percent for the year, the first in three years. Over the longer term, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been in a downtrend, one that the EIA expects will continue.[read more]

Pakistan Coal Power Plant Gets Public Funding: Will This Be Last Coal Plant Funded by the Asian Development Bank?

December 13, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Coal Plants and Public Funding

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to fund a new coal plant, using public resources. While the Board of the ADB approved the $900 million plant in Pakistan, the Board vote came with a huge amount controversy including the first no vote of the U.S. on a coal power plant.[read more]

Important Test of Overseas Coal Funding Restrictions: Pakistan Coal Plant Set for Vote

December 11, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The recent commitments to end public funding of overseas coal projects are set to come up for their first important test. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to vote on whether it will provide $900 million in funding for a new coal power plant in Pakistan.[read more]

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama's Climate Plan Test

December 2, 2013 by Justin Guay

Kosovo Coal Plant

President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for new coal plants overseas. His pledge would end public funds - our taxpayer dollars - flowing to new coal plants.[read more]

New Unabated Coal is Not Compatible with Keeping Global Warming Below 2°C

November 19, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

I have written frequently to explain how dramatic expansion of unconventional oil like bitumen in Canada is found by all leading international analysts to be inconsistent with the two degree limit our political leaders promise to strive for. The same is true for any expansion of coal-fired power plants.[read more]


Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 3

November 6, 2013 by John Miller

US Coal Transition

Most existing U.S. Coal Power can be replaced by new Wind and Solar Power, which will substantially reduce future U.S. carbon emissions. These changes and improvements will also significantly impact Consumer power costs and involve significant environmental trade-offs.[read more]

74 Percent Of Voters Back EPA Power Plant Emissions Regulation

November 1, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

EPA Power Plant Regulation

Fighting emissions regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency must be a winning national electoral issue, right? Otherwise why would so many politicians fight so hard to allow power plants to keep spewing pollution into the air? Um, not so much.[read more]

Dr. Kim Sweeps World Bank Policy Violations on Tata Mundra Coal Plant Under the Rug

October 29, 2013 by Justin Guay

Tata Mundra Coal Plant

Just a few short months ago the World Bank got itself on the right side of history by placing severe restrictions on coal finance. That was thanks in large part to World Bank President Dr. Kim's leadership. Now the institutions past transgressions are coming back to haunt him.[read more]

Uncertainty and Investment: The Real Danger to the Coal Industry

October 28, 2013 by Elias Hinckley

Coal and Uncertainty

Uncertainty over how the Environmental Protection Agency regulation of CO2 emissions from power plants will effect the economics of coal-fired generation in the U.S. has reduced investment interest in new coal generation to effectively zero.[read more]

Climate Risk: Realities in the Energy System

October 22, 2013 by David Hone

Energy and Reality

There is an interesting article in The Economist which discusses the impact that renewable energy is having in Germany. As renewable energy use grows, there is the perverse effect that coal is staying put and natural gas is getting backed out. So German emissions certainly aren’t continuing to fall.[read more]