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  1. Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday signed an agreement calling for cooperation between the state and a consortium of Japanese companies in researching advanced coal technology. Mead signed a memorandum of understanding in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center. It represents about 120 manufacturing and energy companies, including Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Mead said he expects a conference will take place in Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state, within a year that would allow Japanese researchers to work on coal issues with researchers from the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources. He said his administration does not want the state to just "be a leader in the production of coal, we want to be a leader in the solutions for coal here in Wyoming." Wyoming's state government depends heavily on revenues from production of coal and other fuels. But Mead has been forced to cut the state budget in recent months because of falling energy prices and lower demand for coal. Wyoming also has been stymied in recent years in its push to send coal by train to ports in the Pacific Northwest for export to Asia. Opponents in Washington and Oregon are concerned about train traffic with dust, noise and possible environmental hazards plus the prospect of more global warming created abroad by coal-fired plants. Mead said making progress in reducing emissions from coal plants could help Wyoming export coal to meet demand from Japan. He said the research will focus on cutting CO2 emissions through capturing it and using it to make other products. "As we find solutions for Wyoming, the country and the world for coal — which is what we're to do here — it certainly makes the lift for getting ports open in places like the State of Washington easier when we can point to it and say, 'we're not just making this ask, we actually are doing the heavy lifting in terms of trying to find solutions for coal,'" Mead said. Osamu Tsukamoto, president of the Japan Coal Energy Center, said the consortium already is undertaking coal research and demonstration projects and expects the agreement with Wyoming will lead to useful information exchanges. Coal-fired plants in Japan now get the fuel from Australia and Indonesia but want to tap sources from other parts of the world, he said. Mark Northam, director of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, said Japan has increased its reliance on coal for electrical generation following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. "They're relying on a modern, new coal fleet to replace the nuclear power that they have shut down because of the unfortunate accident they had a few years ago," Northam said. "So our working with them is a way to develop that new advanced technology but also to ensure that it gets widely disseminated so that others can take advantage of it and use coal cleanly."

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    Wed, 27 Jul 2016

  2. Coal Energy News: Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

    Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday signed an agreement calling for cooperation between the state and a consortium of Japanese companies in researching clean-coal technology.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  3. Minnesota sees continued clean energy gains

    Renewable energy generation is expanding quickly in Minnesota as prices fall rapidly

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    Mon, 25 Jul 2016

  4. Wind Energy News: Wind farm foe rezones to fight proposed facility near Elwood

    As wind farm developers seek to meet the U.S. Department of Energy's goal of 20 percent renewable energy production in Indiana by 2030, some residents in targeted areas are fighting back in inventive ways.

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  1. Coal News: CSX 2Q profit down 20 percent as rail volume slows 9 percent

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016

  2. Op-Ed: Clean Power Plan should give more than a nod to natural gas R&D

    The greatest enemy to our clean energy future might not be Big Oil but wishful thinking based on old paradigms.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  3. NARUC: Clean Power Plan is a federal power grab

    The rule could upend the traditional economics of the power supply market, NARUC head says

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    Wed, 6 Jul 2016

  4. AE&E Group wins EUR25m coal plant upgrade deal in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Austria's AE&E Group has secured an order for modernisation of the Unit 6 steam generator at Bosnia-Herzegovina's Kakanj coal fired power station, 50km north of Sarajevo.

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    Fri, 27 Nov 2009

  5. Korean company signs agreement to build hydro, coal plants in Indonesia

    Korea Midland Power Co. (KOMIPO) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian government to build a hydro and a coal plant in Indonesia, according to Korea IT Times.

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    Tue, 17 May 2016

  6. Coal News: NC lawmakers float easing Duke Energy's coal ash cleanup

    North Carolina legislators offered Duke Energy a cheaper alternative to excavating toxic coal ash from all its unlined pits, but neighbors and environmentalists cried foul after the deal was unveiled Tuesday.

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    Wed, 29 Jun 2016

  7. GE Power Unveils Digital Power Plant for Steam

    GE today unveiled its Digital Power Plant for Steam at the Minds + Machines event in Paris, France. The product represents a suite of technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve efficiency ratings at coal-fired facilities.

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    Tue, 14 Jun 2016

  8. Duke commissions newly converted Sutton gas-fired power plant

    Duke Energy Progress begins commercial operation at the newly converted L.V. Sutton combined cycle natural gas plant in Wilmington, N.C.

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    Fri, 13 Dec 2013

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