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Thermal Hydrogen: A Formula for Efficient, Emissions-Free Coal Use

By Jared Moore, Ph.D. With abundant natural gas supply available for the foreseeable future, coal must find new ways to compete. Though coal is still much cheaper, natural gas has fundamental advantages that enhance its competitiveness in the electricity sector: capital costs, efficiency and emissions.  For coal to remain competitive under increasing emissions constraints, a bold…

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Where Now?

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council Prior to the election of Donald Trump as president this past November, many people were busy writing the coal industry’s obituary. Contrast that with what is transpiring in 2017 – the coal industry has experienced a significant increase in year-over-year production, many laid-off coal miners are returning to work,…

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The Future of Rare Earth Elements May Lie with Coal

By Mary Anne Alvin, Evan Granite and Charles Miller, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Few people think of coal when they think of high-tech devices. However, that may soon change as researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) work to recover materials called rare earth elements (REEs) from coal…

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On the River

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The sun was just coming up over the mountains, and a gentle fog was beginning to rise out of the valley when I arrived at the Winfield Locks and Dam on the Kanawha River about 25 miles northwest of Charleston. The Charleston – one of 30…

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Coal Trading Market Evolves With the Industry

By Ken Worst, Evolution Markets Inc. Coal trading markets, as with the rest of the coal industry, are in transition. Producers, power generators, traders and other market participants are increasingly utilizing the over-the-counter (OTC) markets for spot, mid-term and long-term physical transactions – even as they continue to function as a vital hedging tool. The…

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The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Millennial Problem – and How to Solve It.

By Alex Epstein, Center for Industrial Progress It is common knowledge in the U.S. fossil fuel industry, including the coal industry, that attracting and retaining millennial workers is a challenge and a priority. “The Great Crew Change” brought on by the looming mass retirement of baby boomers and the shortage of workers in their 30s…

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What Electric Utilities Need to Know About Natural Gas Infrastructure

By Theresa Pugh, Theresa Pugh Consulting, LLC Before you toss this edition of American Coal against the wall or speed dial ACC, I ask you to read this article in its entirety. There are many positive reasons to generate electricity with natural gas. However, there are some operational issues and future - perhaps short term…

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THE FIRST 100 DAYS: Coal at a Crossroads

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council To state the painfully obvious, the past eight years have been difficult for the nation’s coal industry. In 2008, coal production was booming. The industry was experiencing a shortage of miners and support personnel and was actively recruiting at high schools and colleges for people interested in the industry…

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Next Generation Coal Technology Comes to Life – Wyoming’s ITC

By Jason Begger, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority Americans enjoy one of the most reliable, affordable power supplies in the world. Every time we flip on a light switch, we expect the lights to come on. And they do, in large part thanks to coal. Coal is a top U.S. energy source, and its reliability is a…

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Metallurgical Coal Markets: A Volatile Price Ride

By Jim Truman, Wood Mackenzie 2016 was a year of enormous volatility in metallurgical coal markets and many uncertainties remain for 2017. Spot prices for Australian low‐volatile coal started out 2016 in the doldrums, averaging below US$80/t and by mid‐November, ascended to nearly US$315/t ... only to later fall to US$150/t. We will endeavour here…