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  1. Coal News: Duke Energy discussing compensation for coal ash neighbors

      RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy said Wednesday it is negotiating compensation for depressed property values or a future with municipal water bills with the neighbors of coal ash pits , who fear the unlined storage basins have polluted their water wells. The announcement by the country's largest electricity comes in the face of pending lawsuits by neighbors at some of the company's 14 North Carolina coal-burning power plants . "They've forced us to get an attorney because they couldn't acknowledge our concerns from the beginning," said Amy Brown, who lives less than 1,000 feet from the company's Belmont plant and has consumed only bottled water for 20 months. Duke Energy also said it will expand its delivery of bottled water for drinking and cooking to neighbors within a half-mile of its coal-plants, nearly doubling the scope of that preventative measure. "It's worth noting that our financial supplement is being offered to all property owners in the half-mile radius whether they have a lawyer or not," Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan wrote in an email. The Charlotte-based utility said it planned to finalize its financial offers to neighbors in the coming weeks. "They hadn't set on how much or how it was going to be divvied out," said Johnnie Gurley, who lives near the company's Goldsboro power plant. Coal ash is the byproduct left after burning decades of coal to generate electricity. Neighbors fear unlined storage basins have allowed mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals to seep into their drinking water supplies. Hundreds of coal-plant neighbors last year were warned against drinking their well water. State health officials this spring withdrew those warnings after deciding the earlier warning threshold was set too low. Duke Energy said last month it plans to cap unlined and potentially leaking coal ash pits at 10 generating plants in North Carolina and Indiana while excavating its sites in Kentucky and South Carolina. The company plans to store in place almost 70 percent of its ash by dehydrating the storage pools and covering the area with a waterproof liner and dirt to encase the waste. The basin bottoms will remain unlined, and environmentalists contend that will allow toxic materials to filter into underground water supplies for years. Duke Energy denies that its pits contaminate groundwater. The utility delivers electricity to about 7.4 million customers in the Carolinas, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

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  2. Duke Energy discussing compensation for coal ash neighbors

    The announcement by the country's largest electricity comes in the face of pending lawsuits by neighbors at some of the company's 14 North Carolina coal -fired power plants 

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Good sign for coal power as natural gas prices rise

    It hasn’t been a bad couple of months, relatively speaking, for the domestic coal industry on both policy and market developments

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  4. Coal News: 7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week

    Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry, authorities said Wednesday.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  1. Coal News: Interior Dept. restricts mountain coal mining in East Tenn.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  2. 1.6 GW coal power plant stalls in Poland

    What would have been Europe’s largest new coal -fired power installation has suffered a severe setback with the news that Polish courts have revoked a permit for the plant.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Coal News: Riverstone completes $1.8B buyout of Talen Energy

    Riverstone Holdings LLC has completed its $1.8 billion purchase of Talen Energy Corp., the Pennsylvania company that is the operator and co-owner of Montana's Colstrip power plant.

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    Sat, 10 Dec 2016

  4. Coal News: 11 miners confirmed dead in China mine blast

    The bodies of miners missing in an underground gas explosion in central China have been found, bringing to 11 the total who died in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry, according to a local authority on Thursday.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  5. Drax in $450m diversification moves

    Drax, which owns the UK's largest power plant, is to acquire energy supplier Opus Energy as part of a strategic shift away from coal -fired generation. 

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  6. Santos to offload noncore assets to cut costs

    Santos Ltd., Adelaide, has flagged its controversial coal seam gas (CSG) project in New South Wales and its Asian business for potential sale as part of its planned disposal of noncore assets into a separate business to cut costs and ease debt.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  7. FirstEnergy seeks to sell its interests in 3,003-MW Bath County hydropower facility and other energy plants

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Dec. 6 released a Form 8-K submitted by Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. that indicates certain FirstEnergy subsidiaries entered into new credit facilities for negotiating the sale of several generating assets, including the company’s interests in ...

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  8. POWER-GEN International 2016: The Power to Change

    The greatest minds in power generation gather once a year for the world’s largest forum for power professionals. It’s called POWER-GEN International, where experts throughout the world have been meeting for 28 years to discuss the mechanics, chemistry, operation, and regulation of power generation.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

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