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  1. USDA grant to study waste power plant in Minnesota

    When Xcel Energy announced plans to retire two of its three coal-fired power generating units at the Sherburne County Generating Station (SHERCO) in Becker sometime after 2023, it left a significant hole in the city’s long-term economic development plans. As the largest coal-fired power plant in the upper Midwest, the SHERCO power plant drives more than 70 percent of Becker’s tax levy and employs nearly 350 people. But new plans have emerged that may salvage jobs and tax revenue alike, thanks to a partnership between the city of Becker, Minn., Wenck and project VONCO. The partnership successfully secured a USDA Rural Business Development Grant which will fund a feasibility study to evaluate a potential new use for the plant – converting organic waste into renewable transportation fuel. “Rural small businesses have a significant influence on the economic success of rural America,” said Minnesota State Director for USDA Rural Development Colleen Landkamer. “This funding is just one of the many steps USDA has taken to promote economic development, encourage job creation, and support infrastructure in rural communities.” Economic development topics to be evaluated under the study include financial augmentation for existing businesses, new employment opportunities, and industry diversification. “VONCO is excited to be a part of the feasibility study, as we believe the results will help guide the development of landfill alternative technologies that are at the forefront of future development plans for our company to remain a steward of the environment in our community,” said VONCO President Ian Vagle. Becker City Administrator Greg Pruszinske said the city is committed to creating a prosperous local and regional economy by encouraging sustainable ventures that would result in job growth. “This feasibility study is the first step in building a large scale biofuels plant in Becker,” Pruszinske said. “It’s also our next step to create a sustainable community while capitalizing on the assets we currently have in place.” The changes at the SHERCO site are the result of Xcel Energy replacing existing generating capacity with a new natural-gas combined cycle unit and solar installation, which will require only a fraction of the labor to operate. It is anticipated about 150 full-time jobs at the plant may be lost as a result of the unit shut-down.

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016

  2. Brand new Moorburg coal -fired power plant to be sold

    The head of Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall says he envisages the company’s brand new Moorburg coal - fired power plant in Germany being sold within the next five years.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. Poland insistent on climate deal ratification conditions

    The Polish government will not consent to a fast-track EU ratification of the Paris climate deal unless Brussels allows for the country’s special dependency on coal power .

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  4. Vattenfall coal power asset sale approved by EU

    Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall has overcome a crucial obstacle in completing the sale of its lignite coal - fired power assets in Germany to Czech utility EPH.

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  1. Moniz says DOE is working hard for coal power

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  2. Coal News: Energy secretary: Administration working hard for coal power

    President Barack Obama's energy secretary said Monday that the administration isn't waging a "war on coal" and is working to maintain coal as an important part of a low-carbon energy future.

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    Tue, 13 Sep 2016

  3. First privately-owned power plant comes online in the Balkans

    Bosnia is the site of the Balkans first privately-owned power plant, with a Sino-British partnership developing the 300 MW Stanari coal - fired power facility.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  4. Coal News: 2 Colorado coal -fired power units to close in clean-air deal

    One coal - fired power plant in Colorado will shut down and part of a second plant will stop operating under an agreement that will make deep cuts in air pollution but cost at least 90 jobs over the next decade, officials said Thursday.

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  5. GE ‘bullish’ about coal -fired power

    General Electric is to ramp up the development of its coal - fired power business.

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    Mon, 22 Aug 2016

  6. FPL Offers $451M for Coal -Fired Cogeneration Power Plant

    Florida regulators are considering a proposal by Florida Power & Light (FPL) to buy a coal - fired power plant for $451 million in a deal that would cut both emissions and money spent.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  7. Coal News: Energy secretary to tour West Virginia coal power plant

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to visit a West Virginia coal - fired power plant alongside congressional leaders.

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  8. Court Hearings Begin in Challenge to the Clean Power Plan

    President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan came under nearly seven hours of scrutiny from government, industry and public interest groups Tuesday in the second-highest court in the country.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

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