KY Coal Academy Partners with CEDAR


CEDAR, Inc. President and Executive Director John Justice, Kentucky Coal Academy Executive Director Gary Whisman and Big Sandy Community and Technical College Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development Kelli Chaney signed an agreement July 11, 2017, to develop, promote and deliver unique opportunities for the citizens of the coalfields of eastern Kentucky.

 The Kentucky Coal Academy recently announced a partnership with CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource) Inc. to develop, promote and deliver unique opportunities for the citizens of the coalfields of eastern Kentucky.

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Mississippi Power to Suspend Lignite Coal Gasification at Kemper Plant


At the end of June, Mississippi Power Company notified the Mississippi Public Service Commission that it will immediately suspend lignite coal gasification operations at its Kemper County facility and the plant will continue operating as a natural gas plant.

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EPA to Withdraw Clean Water Act Restrictions for Pebble Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to withdraw its July 2014 Clean Water Act Proposed Determination that would, if finalized, have imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with the potential Pebble mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. The EPA is seeking public comment on whether to withdraw the proposed determination.

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CONSOL Files Plans to Spin Off Coal Business

This week CONSOL Energy filed the necessary paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to split the company into two publicly traded companies, a coal company and a natural gas exploration and production (E&P) company. The spin-off would provide current shareholders ownership in two companies, each positioned to capitalize on distinct opportunities for future growth and profitability, the company said.


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Indian Utility Invests in Coal-fired Power

India’s state-run National Thermal Power Corp. (NTPC) plans to invest $10 billion in new coal-fired power stations over the next five years. During the first phase, according to Reuters, India’s biggest power producer plans to build three new plants with a combined capacity of more than 5 gigawatts (GW), nearly double the capacity of the coal-fired power plants currently being phased out. More than 300 million of India’s 1.3 billion people still do not have access to electricity.