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Energy / Coal

Why does World Coal Consumption continue to Grow?

Dec 21, 2012 at 17:46 | Gail Tverberg

A primary reason why coal consumption is rising is because of increased international trade, starting when the World Trade Organization was formed in 1995, and greatly ramping up when China…

Is the US Coal Industry Drawing its Last Few Breaths?

Dec 14, 2012 at 16:21 | Energy Digital

After the reelection of President Barack Obama, big coal has come under the threat of imminent extinction in the United States. With the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules under the…

China's Coal Mines Near Uranium Deposits, Raising Pollution Fears

Nov 23, 2012 at 17:14 | John Daly

China’s omnivorous demand for energy to fuel its booming economy has led Beijing to place a high priority on developing indigenous fossil fuel resources, and one there is paramount. 

Trading Places: The Intertwined Fortunes of Coal and Natural Gas

Nov 06, 2012 at 17:25 | Elliot Gue

Coal-mining giant Peabody Energy Corp (NYSE: BTU) reported strong third-quarter results on both the top and bottom line, thanks to enterprise-wide cost reductions and better-than-expected sales volumes of coal produced…

Pakistan Continue with Controversial Plan to Turn Coal into Diesel

Oct 04, 2012 at 17:26 | SciDev SciDev

Pakistan is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to produce synthetic diesel through underground gasification of its vast coal deposits in the Thar desert in Sindh province.The Thar…

High Natural Gas Prices Lead to Increased Demand for Coal in Europe

Oct 04, 2012 at 17:23 | Energy Digital

US coal exports have hit a record high of 66.2 million tons, a 24 percent rise, in the first half of the year, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

UK's Largest Coal Power Plant to be Converted to a Biomass Plant

Sep 28, 2012 at 17:16 | Energy Digital

The U.K.'s largest coal-fired plant will become western Europe's largest clean-energy producer with the announcement of Drax Group Plc's $1 billion effort to transition from burning coal to burning wood.

Coal Set for a Strong Comeback in Europe

Sep 25, 2012 at 17:37 | Gary Hunt

A funny thing is happening on the way to the clean energy future.  While the US government wages a regulatory war on coal fired generation, in Europe, the land of…

What is the Future for China's Coal Industry

Sep 17, 2012 at 17:47 | Dave Summers

In this run-up to the election, the American Energy future seems to have faded into the quiet background. Gone are the concerns of past years, as both parties seem to…

Scientists Discover Process to Reduce Co2 Emissions from Coal Plants by 90%

Aug 30, 2012 at 19:25 | Futurity

Refrigerating coal-plant emissions would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 90 percent—at a cost of 25 percent efficiency.Based on computations done on a spreadsheet and published in…

Surprise! India's coal sector mired in scandal

Aug 24, 2012 at 15:15 | John Daly

Pity the poor Indian electrical consumer. During a torrid summer, an electric grid failure in India on 30-31 July resulted in the world's largest blackout, affecting more than 600 million…

Pakistan Bets on Underground Coal Gasification to Help Relieve Power Shortages

Jul 30, 2012 at 17:56 | John Daly

Pakistan has glimpsed its energy future, and it is brown – coal, to be exact.Sindh Engro Coal Mining Co. is developing the $3 billion Thar Coal mining project…

Coal Set to Make a Comeback with Underground Coal Gasification

Jul 20, 2012 at 17:33 | Peter McCusker

Following a 100 year gestation period there are signs we could be about to witness the birth of a new coal rush.The first Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) trials…

Coal Consumption Increases in the EU: Is the Carbon Trading Scheme a Failure?

Jul 17, 2012 at 17:17 | James Burgess

The EIA has reported that natural gas in the US now accounts for an equal portion of power production as coal, both contributing 32% of total generation. This led the…

Residents Remain in Centralia, Despite Coal Mine Burning Beneath their Feet

Jul 12, 2012 at 17:15 | Energy Digital

As decades-long coal mine fires continue to burn beneath the ground in Centralia, Pennsylvania, ghosts with unfinished business remain.Hundreds of coal mine fires continue to burn beneath the…

Europe Betrays its Renewable Energy Intentions and Invests in Coal

Jul 10, 2012 at 16:36 | Breakthrough Institute

A glut of emissions allowances in Europe has made coal the continent's most profitable electric power fuel.Despite highly touted climate policies, European utilities are rushing to capitalize on…

Mongolia's Coal Riches Causing Diplomatic Nightmare

Jun 27, 2012 at 16:35 | Charles Kennedy

Mongolia boasts huge deposits of coal, cooper, gold, uranium and many other rare minerals, and is opening up its vast resources to the world; this has however led to many…

Coal, Renewable Energy's Dirty Step Child

Jun 21, 2012 at 16:52 | Charles Kennedy

The war on coal is environmentally sound but the lack of subtlety in getting rid of this dirty energy step child is destructive and natural gas would eventually triumph over…

The War on Coal: A Lie Invented by the Coal Industry

May 28, 2012 at 17:30 | Climate Progress

Big polluters and their Congressional allies have created a new straw man to knock down with the invention of the so-called “War on Coal.” It is a multi-million dollar disinformation…

China to Invest in Coal Gasification - with GEs help

May 18, 2012 at 18:57 | John Daly

First, the bad news for China’s economic miracle.According to a quarterly report issued last month by China’s China Electricity Council (CEC), some parts of China will experience severe…

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