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  1. Shifts in power generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline

    DURHAM, N.C. -- In the four years following the 2008 recession, the coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas , solar and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according to a new Duke University study.   A county-by-county geographical analysis of the losses and gains shows that few new jobs were added in regions hardest hit by coal’s decline, particularly counties in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. “Our study shows it has not been a one-for-one replacement," said senior author Lincoln Pratson. "The counties that were very reliant on the coal industry are now in the most difficult position,” said Pratson, who is the Truman and Nellie Semans/Alex Brown & Sons Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. To estimate changes in electricity generation employment,  Pratson and research analyst Drew Haerer examined data relating to both direct and indirect job growth and loss for each industry. This included operations and maintenance jobs at electric power plants, as well as operations and maintenance jobs in resource extraction and fuel  transportation.      Data for solar and wind generator operations and maintenance jobs were provided by the industries themselves. Job changes in the coal and natural gas industries were derived using a model that analyzed year-to-year economic activity and energy production occurring within each sector of the two industries to estimate gains or losses in employment that supported electricity generation.       Overall, regions that had the largest energy job increases were the Northeast, Southwest, Midwest and West. Regions that experienced the greatest job losses overall were Appalachia, the Uinta Basin of Utah and Colorado, and parts of the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming.     The lack of geographic overlap of job loss and job creation is the result of many factors, Pratson said. “The areas where a lot of coal is mined in Appalachia, for example, are very rugged and heavily forested -- not easy places to set up solar panels or wind farms.” Differences in the availability of state incentives for renewable energy also had an effect, noted Haerer. “States with incentives have more growth,” he said. “The southeast is incentive-free, and there is almost no development of green energy there compared to other regions.” Haerer said one way for states that depend heavily on the coal industry to cope with changing energy trends may be to transition to clean coal technology, which reduces coal plants’ negative environmental impacts. Pratson and Haerer published their study in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Policy. They conducted the study with no external sources of funding. ____________ Citation: “Employment Trends in the U.S. Electricity Sector, 2008-2012.” Drew Haerer and Lincoln Pratson. Energy Policy, March 20, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.03.006

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  2. 750 MW Clean Path Energy Center to combine solar, gas fueled power

    Western Energy Partners unveils plans for a state-of-the-art natural gas fueled unit and an advanced solar photovoltaic array for new power project in New Mexico

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    Thu, 9 Apr 2015

  3. Bloomberg adds $30M to campaign to slash coal power in US

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal-fired power

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    Wed, 8 Apr 2015

  4. UN agrees to keep funding clean coal

    The United Nations has agreed to maintain funding of coal power plants in developing countries.

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    Mon, 30 Mar 2015

  1. Senate endorses fees for companies that close coal plants

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    Mon, 30 Mar 2015

  2. Senate endorses fees for companies that close coal power plants

    Senators have given initial approval to a proposal that would levy massive fines against companies that close coal plants in Montana

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    Mon, 30 Mar 2015

  3. Beijing schedules closure of final coal-fired power plants

    China’s capital city is replacing its remaining coal-fired power plants with four gas-fired power stations.

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    Tue, 24 Mar 2015

  4. ABB wins power plant automation order in South Africa

    The advanced automation, controls and instrumentation project for one of the world’s largest clean coal power stations are a major infrastructure upgrade step. 

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    Mon, 23 Mar 2015

  5. AfDB says western nations ‘hypocritical’ in decision to rule out funding coal power

    The head of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) is defending his decision to continue financing coal-fired power plants, despite pressure from environmental groups and UN officials to shift more funds towards cleaner energy.

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2015

  6. Sustainable Power Generation: Coal Gasification

    Engineers from Siemens Corporate Technology in Beijing are working on CO2-free coal utilization in combination with renewable sources of energy

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2015

  7. Energy efficiency might support coal power under EPA Clean Power Plan

    The analysis used computer modeling to evaluate four scenarios under the EPA proposal to cut electric sector CO2 30 percent by 2030 

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    Thu, 19 Mar 2015

  8. Panel nears decision on closure plan for San Juan coal power plant

    New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come

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    Wed, 18 Mar 2015

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