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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…

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Fundamental Change to Prevent an Unchecked Bureaucracy

By Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General of West Virginia Did Congress give EPA the power to make states like West Virginia change the way we get our electricity? And even so, is EPA’s plan to do so even realistic? Those were the questions that my office and other challengers to the so‐called “Clean Power Plan” addressed…

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Finding Common Ground for Energy, Economy and Environment in 2017

Since my predecessor as ACC President, Matt Schicke, wrote to readers in the Issue 2, 2016 of American Coal, a lot has changed for the U.S. coal industry. Among the biggest shifts, U.S. thermal and metallurgical coal pricing have improved from early 2016 levels, and the election of President Donald Trump, a surprise to many,…

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A Turn for the Better

Out with the old and in with the new – 2017 is off and running! In Washington D.C., where the wheels often seem to turn SOOOOOOO slowly, the new administration has shown a sense of urgency in tackling important issues addressed during the campaign. And that includes coal!! After years of a stifling regulatory environment…

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The Imperative for Broader, Bolder Action on Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage

By Shannon Angielski, Coal Utilization Research Council The need to develop and adopt advanced coal or carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration technologies worldwide seems obvious in consideration of the following climate and socio-economic influences: In December 2015, 195 nations met in Paris, France and agreed to non-binding individual greenhouse gas reductions globally by pledging to hold the increase in the…

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