Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Expected power plant closures spark unemployment fears

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of three coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners region of the southwest has been partially shut down and the other two could close in the next five years.

The change likely means cleaner air in the region where the borders of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. But it also means hundreds of lost jobs for plant workers and coal miners, many of them members of the Navajo and Hopi tribes, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Top Kansas court clears way for new coal-fired power plant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court on Friday cleared a major obstacle to the long-delayed construction of a big, new coal-fired power plant, rejecting an effort by an environment group to force the state to regulate emissions linked to climate change.

The state Supreme Court upheld a 2014 decision by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to give Sunflower Electric Power Corp. the go-ahead for its project.

Bill Proposes Millions In Loans To Keep Colstrip Plants Running

The speaker of Montana’s House is hoping to extend the life of the coal-fired power plants in Colstrip by offering their operators loans to keep them running for at least the next five years.

Austin Knudsen’s Senate Bill 338 would allow the state to give up to $10 million a year in loans, if the money is used to keep the coal-fired plant’s two older units open until their scheduled close date of July, 2022.

In coal country, a potential embrace of nuclear power

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Donald Trump promised to bring back coal jobs, but even the country’s third-largest coal producer appears to be hedging its bets on a comeback. Kentucky is on the cusp of doing what was once unthinkable: opening the door to nuclear power.