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Energy / Coal

The World's Most Uniquely-Positioned Coal Play

Mar 21, 2015 at 09:19 | Dave Forest

Things are starting to get interesting in the global coal market.The key word being "starting".The strategy unveiled by South Africa's power authority Eskom may be a…

A “Wave of Bankruptcies” About To Hit Coal Industry

Mar 19, 2015 at 17:48 | Nick Cunningham

The future for the coal industry is looking “increasingly bleak,” according to an investor’s note from Macquarie Research. The analysis firm also said that “a…

Surprising Opportunities In Coal

Feb 27, 2015 at 13:41 | Martin Tillier

Long term subscribers and those with a long memory may remember that back in August of last year I wrote a piece on coal stocks. At…

Clock Runs Out On Clean Coal

Feb 04, 2015 at 16:47 | Nick Cunningham

Clean coal is dead. While the notion of coal being a source of “clean” was a bit oxymoronic to begin with, the Obama administration perhaps put…

Will 2015 See A Rally In Coal?

Jan 02, 2015 at 15:49 | Martin Tillier

2014 was, on the surface, a good year for those of an environmentally conscious bent. Under pressure from developed nations, two large emerging economies, India and China, both made some…

Germany Considers Coal Phase Out

Nov 28, 2014 at 17:12 | Nick Cunningham

Amid a major phase out of nuclear power, Germany is weighing whether or not to undertake another monumental energy transition – shutting down a significant portion of its coal-fired power…

Utilities Facing Coal Shortages Due To Rail Congestion

Nov 25, 2014 at 16:23 | Nick Cunningham

With winter approaching, the piles of coal at utility yards are running well below average, and several utilities are pressuring rail companies to allow more coal trains through. The problem…

The Unwelcome Reality For U.S. Coal Exports

Nov 21, 2014 at 17:43 | Nick Cunningham

U.S. coal export capacity is running well below capacity, and as such, exporting coal from the U.S. west coast is a losing strategy. That comes from a new report…

Coal Exporters Just Got A Big New Competitor

Nov 17, 2014 at 11:42 | Dave Forest

Rumors emerged last week of big changes coming in the coal market. From one of the world's largest players in the business.That's China. Where officials are reportedly moving…

Will Coal Be Cut Entirely From German Energy Mix?

Nov 10, 2014 at 16:46 | Juan Cole

Germany is looking into cutting its use of coal power, at the same time that it is cutting out nuclear. If…

Ukraine Facing Harsh Winter Due To Coal Shortages

Oct 24, 2014 at 17:20 | Wojciech Kononczuk

On 22 October, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that by the end of this year Ukraine will be 4 million tons short of coal. The deficit stems from the fact…

Falling Coal Prices Wreaking Havoc With Corporate Balance Sheets

Oct 23, 2014 at 18:23 | Nick Cunningham

The slide in oil prices has raised speculation that oil companies in the U.S. could be forced to cut back on production, but a market slump in another commodity is…

U.S. Utilities Facing Fuel Shortage Problems As Winter Approaches

Oct 17, 2014 at 17:58 | Nick Cunningham

American utility companies are facing lower-than-average fuel supplies as they begin to stockpile for the winter. Part of the reason is the country’s oil boom. Moving oil by…

Congress Considers Federal Assistance For Laid-Off Coal Miners

Oct 01, 2014 at 18:00 | Nick Cunningham

A major coal mining company has announced another round of layoffs as declining demand for coal continues to depress the industry.Alpha Natural Resources, the world’s third largest supplier…

Supreme Court Ruling Deals Blow To Indian Coal Sector

Sep 26, 2014 at 16:18 | Ag Metal Miner

In the end, it turned out as many feared it would. The Supreme Court of India canceled all but 4 of the 218 coal blocks allocated for mining by the…

U.S. Senator Calls For Suspension Of Coal Leases

Sep 18, 2014 at 16:29 | Nick Cunningham

A prominent U.S. senator wants to halt all sales of coal mined on federal lands in the western United States because he says the government is getting ripped off.…

Why King Coal Will Keep Its Crown

Sep 16, 2014 at 19:05 | Andrew Topf

For climate change activists and those hoping for an energy future dominated by renewables or even less-polluting natural gas, the death of coal cannot come quickly enough. But with coal…

Why China’s Insatiable Appetite For Coal Has Likely Peaked

Sep 12, 2014 at 16:55 | Nick Cunningham

China’s run as the world’s most voracious consumer of coal may be coming to an end. A recent report from Greenpeace found that China’s coal consumption declined…

Is Coal Really Peaking In China?

Sep 01, 2014 at 13:45 | Breakthrough Institute

Better Technologies Needed for Emissions to Start Falling“While uncertainty over the changes in coal stockpiles still exists, we’re confident that the unbelievable may be at hand: peak coal…

West Virginia Unprepared For Future Without Coal

Aug 29, 2014 at 18:46 | Nick Cunningham

The economy in coal country is being left behind the rest of America. Coal communities have long suffered from higher rates of poverty than many other parts of…

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