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GEM and the Art of Energy Balance

By Jim Marchiori, University of Colorado Life is often a matter of reconciling competing, even conflicting, goals. As we look broadly across the energy sector, we see two such imperatives. One is the compelling need for energy around the world, especially to lift nearly a third of the world’s population out of energy poverty. The…

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The Energy-Election Nexus

By Marita Noon, Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, Inc (Image credit: Trump Cedar Rapids by Max Golberg (2016)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/48542161@N04/28631716595/) The energy environment under the Obama administration offers little to cheer about. More than fifty coal companies have gone bankrupt in the past five years and, largely due to rules and regulations, the industry has…

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Resilience and the Road Ahead

The coal supply chain continues to adapt to the forces of energy markets and regulation. The winter of 2016 failed to materialize, causing demand to plunge and inventories to spike. By spring, additional power sector coal generating capacity was shuttered as compliance plans made while the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mercury rule wound its way through the courts…

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The Not-So-Dormant Commerce Clause and Coal-Based Electricity

By Paul M. Seby & Matthew B. Miller, Greenberg Traurig, LLP There is no doubt that coal-based electricity is currently faced with enormous challenges—both at the national level, with the flurry of federal regulations aimed at the coal industry, and at the state level, where local governments are experimenting with dramatic changes in their energy…

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If You are a SAHM, You Should Support Coal

By Zoe Richmond It may be one of the biggest dilemmas Stay-at Home Moms face: entertaining toddlers in the throes of cabin fever. Summertime in Arizona means getting your outdoor activities done before 8 a.m. and hunkering down indoors in the afternoon. Inevitably, by 2 p.m. my two boys are begging to go outside. They…

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Coal’s CCS – Change, Challenge and Sustainability

We redefined the term CCS for use as the theme of the recent American Coal Council 2016 Coal Market Strategies conference. The traditional CCS reference of “Carbon Capture and Storage” was expanded to “Change, Challenge and Sustainability.” Our program covered timely coal-related markets, policy, regulation, and technology topics. Change, Challenge and Sustainability are the order…

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Fossil Fuel Producers Must Begin to Work Together

By Jason Hayes, American Coal Council In February 2011, I spoke at the Fifth Annual Energy Forum and Expo in Grand Junction, CO. As I ran through my presentation, I listed some of the pressures being applied to the U.S. coal industry. I also made sure to caution the many members of the natural gas…

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Coal’s Place in the Energy and Electricity Space

By Betsy Monseu, CEO, American Coal Council Coal is under pressure in the United States, and not the natural kind of pressure involved in its creation from plant material. The pressure coal is under today is of a distinctly unnatuBy Betsy Monseu, American Coal Council ral kind, shaped by an increasingly far-reaching and unbalanced regulatory…

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Coal – Evolving in the Energy Space

By Betsy Monseu, CEO, American Coal Council I’ve just returned from our ACC Coal Market Strategies conference. The opportunity to engage with members and other industry leaders and experts is stimulating, and gathering together to address what lies ahead for coal is important. This gathering together is synergy in action. The whole of us is…

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Change and Adaptation in the Coal Industry

One of the only entirely reliable constants in human history is change. Nothing in this world is completely fixed. That truism is especially applicable for our industry today. Substantial changes have occurred in the coal and gas markets over the past six to eight years, meaning that life as our industry knew it for the…