Coal Industry

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The role of coal as an energy source is diminishing in this country.  Ten years ago, half of the electricity in this country came from burning coal, but today, that number has dropped to one third. The coal companies have claimed that the Obama administration is waging a WAR on Coal .   But sustainability commentator Bob Brecha isn’t so sure.

Coal is shipped by barge down the Ohio River.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents want more time from Ohio utility regulators to fight a deal announced this week between American Electric Power and the Sierra Club. The agreement commits AEP to eventually shut down two of its coal-fired power plants and ramp up wind and solar production. But in the meantime it allows the power company a profit guarantee at some of its coal-powered plants, essentially a subsidy paid by consumers.

New Climate Change Plan Gives Ohio Until 2030 To Cut Emissions

Aug 4, 2015
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The White House has come out with a sweeping strategy meant to mitigate the effects of climate change. The so-called Clean Power Plan requires every state to play a role in cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Ohio gets 70 percent of its electricity from coal. The plan calls on the state to reduce its carbon emissions by about 28 percent by 2030. Environmental groups say the plan will go a long way toward curbing greenhouse gases. 

But Christian Palich with the Ohio Coal Association says the plan will hurt the state. 

Ohio Plays Ping-Pong With EPA Carbon Regulations

Jun 3, 2014
Coal is shipped by barge down the Ohio River.
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A bill that puts the state’s renewable energy standards on hold for two years is headed to Ohio governor John Kasich’s desk. That comes just as the federal government has proposed new limits on emissions from power plants.

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Plans for a new natural gas-fired power plant have been announced in Middletown. The plant would employ 300-400 people for about three years of construction, and 25-30 when it is up and running in 2018.

Middletown is part of a statewide trend towards natural gas and away from coal. From November 2012 to November 2013, energy generated from natural gas in Ohio increased 16 percent, in part because natural gas prices have become competitive with Appalachian coal.

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The Ohio EPA official who recently resigned is serving the last day of his tenure Friday. George Elmaraghy sent a letter in August telling employees the Kasich administration wanted him gone due to pressure from the coal industry. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow has been following the story and spoke to Emily McCord for PoliticsOhio.

Emily McCord: Bring us up to speed on the situation surround George Elmaraghy’s resignation in August.