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Clinton proposes $30 bln plan to help coal-producing areas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday proposed a $30 billion plan to help displaced workers in coal-producing areas find new jobs and continue receiving health benefits as the country shifts to using renewable energy and more natural gas. Clinton’s proposals, which also include expanding broadband Internet access and establishing a fund that would award competitive grants ...

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Black lung debated during federal oversight hearing

House Democrats called for strengthening health and safety protection for miners to prevent black lung disease during a recent oversight hearing. They want the addition of tools needed to enforce safety standards and making it faster for miners to file a claim. During the hearing, two witnesses testified in support of legislative reforms to parts of the Robert C. Byrd ...

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Coal severance funds pledged to OCTC tech center

In an admittedly rare move, McLean Fiscal Court recently unanimously approved a measure to help aid Owensboro Community & Technical College in building the second phase of a large advanced technical center at its main campus on New Hartford Road in Owensboro. The court pledged $25,000 that will help cap off more than $3 million the community college has sought ...

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LNG glut to steal coal market share

LONDON – A wave of liquefied natural gas due to hit energy markets over the next couple of years is expected to displace tens of millions of metric tons coal demand globally, helped by government initiatives to move away from polluting power generation. Both coal and LNG are oversupplied after higher prices during the past decade triggered investments in new projects ...

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Tomblin will submit plan to comply with Clean Power Plan

ROANOKE, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin intends to submit a state plan for West Virginia to cut greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, bucking calls from state and national Republicans to ignore the environmental regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan requires each state to cut carbon emissions from power plants by ...

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Coal not coming back, APCO president says

ROANOKE — Coal consumption is not likely to increase, regardless of whether new federal regulations on power plants go into effect, and, from coal’s perspective, the national debate on coal and climate change has largely been lost, the president of West Virginia’s largest electric utility told a roomful of energy executives Tuesday. The Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s proposal ...

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West Virginia attorney general criticizes Obama on coal role

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Republican attorney general is criticizing President Barrack Obama for what he calls the Democrat’s assault on the state’s struggling coal industry. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey scolded the president ahead of his visit to Charleston on Wednesday to address West Virginia’s devastating drug overdose death rate — the highest in the nation. While Morrisey commends Obama ...

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Energy Spotlight: Joe Horvath

Joe Horvath caught the energy bug eight years ago while handling public relations for a utility that was trying to build a coal-fired power plant in Virginia. “I got a pretty good dose of what the issues were and what the landscape was,” he said of the project that ended up being canceled. “At that time, though, people were saying, ...

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Less Texas coal shut down under revised clean power plan

FORT WORTH, Texas — The federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide would shut down far fewer coal-fired plants in Texas than originally estimated, the state’s biggest electric distribution grid operator said in a report released Friday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said that 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired power, or one in four plants, would shut down, sharply down ...

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