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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…

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Longview Power Plant

The Future of Coal‐Based Generation By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council The future of America’s coal industry may be sitting on a ridge just north of Morgantown, West Virginia, quietly building a reputation at the cutting edge of coal‐based power generation. Commissioned in December 2011 at a cost of $2.1 billion, Longview Power Plant is…

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Coal is One of America’s Greatest National Treasures

By Rep. Liz Cheney (R‐WY), Member of Congress Wyoming is America’s largest coal producing state, mining close to 40 percent of the coal consumed by our nation every year. Common estimates give Wyoming close to 145 billion tons of recoverable coal and 1.4 trillion tons in total coal reserves. This coal is a national treasure.…

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CO2‐EOR: A Win‐Win‐Win for Energy, the Economy, and the Environment

By Janet Gellici, National Coal Council The U.S. has the opportunity to produce billions of barrels of domestic oil and generate new sources of revenue, while simultaneously reducing significant volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (CO2‐EOR) represents the most immediate, highest value opportunity to utilize the greatest volume of anthropogenic CO2…