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Industry Helps Restore Elk to Former Appalachian Range

By Staff, West Virginia Department of Commerce and Division of Natural Resources Almost anywhere you go in West Virginia or Kentucky, you probably aren't too far away from a reminder that great herds of elk once roamed the region. In fact, the Elk River flows past the town of Elkview before joining the Kanawha in…

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Mine Training – As Real as it Gets

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council Al Lardieri, a roof bolter with Greenbrier Minerals, has been a member of the Central Appalachian Mine Rescue Team for the past four years. Prior to his mining career, Lardieri was a sergeant in an armored unit of the U.S. Army. Lardieri said he loves being part of a…

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Next Generation CCS – Beyond Coal

By Corwyn Bruce, International CCS Knowledge Centre Post-combustion carbon capture and storage (CCS) is impartial. It is a suite of technologies that can be applied – yes, to coal – but likewise to other industries also wanting to see substantial cuts in their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. One of the misconceptions of the drive toward…

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From Idea to Marketplace: NETL Brings Innovation to Life

By Joe Golden, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and its predecessor organizations have focused on advancing coal-related technologies for more than a century. Today, the Lab generates impactful early-stage research and development that provides technological solutions for scale-up and commercialization by industry. At the…

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Building Prosperity with Coal in the 21st Century

By Paul Baruya and Stephanie Metzger, IEA Clean Coal Centre In an increasingly carbon-constrained world, it is easy to overlook the positive contributions that modern coal activities make to today's society. This is predominantly the case in the developing world, yet these impacts often go undetected by the media in the West. A lack of…

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International Thermal Coal – Will Current Trends Continue?

By Dr. Lars Schernikau, HMS Bergbau Group After two strong years for international thermal coal markets, Q1 and Q2 2019 remind us of 2016 again. While high prices during 2018 were beneficial to coal producers, late 2018 and the first half of 2019 were reminders that nothing lasts forever. The downturn demonstrates the fundamental volatility…

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Energy Sustainability Requires Innovation

By Charles McConnell, University of Houston There is an energized debate raging globally around the future of our planet – our energy ecosystem – and our societal way of life. Strong and polarizing views are being voiced. Some of that discussion is based upon forecasts, proposed business and market scenarios, science and technology expectations and…

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What are the Cheapest Sources of Electricity?

By Michelle Bloodworth, America’s Power What are the cheapest sources of electricity? The answer might surprise you. Nationally, coal retirements total some 40 percent of the coal fleet – 126,000 megawatts (MW) – that operated less than a decade ago. These retiring coal plants are being replaced by new natural gas-fired generation, new wind and…

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Why are Coal Industry Contract Workers Undercounted in Employment Data?

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council How many people work in the U.S. coal sector? It depends on who you ask. For example, according to 2019 data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are 53,000 people working in coal mining. These are direct employees actively involved in the daily production of coal.…