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April 2015 Chuitna Letter From IEEFA

April 2015 Chuitna Letter From IEEFA  

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On the Blogs: Alaska’s Sole Coal Producer Ceases Exports

Kevin Baird for Newsminer.com: Usibelli Coal Mine’s last export of coal sailed out of Seward in July, and the Seward coal loading facility is going into cold storage mode, according to the company’s vice president of External Affairs, Lorali Simon. The 75,000-ton coal shipment will be Usibelli’s last coal export, at least until the market […]

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Divestiture Movement, Deepening Distress of Coal Industry, Emerging Battles Over Solar, Overbuilding of Shale Gas Pipelines Highlight IEEFA Energy Finance 2016 Conference in New York City

Panelists From Deutsche Bank, Moody’s, S&P Capital IQ, New York Mayor’s Office, CalSTRS, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Norwegian Parliament

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, MARCH 14-16; EXPERTS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, AUSTRALIA,  AND THE AMERICAS NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2016 — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today announced a 2016 conference lineup that includes leading energy finance experts, industry regulators, institutional investors, activists, market analysts and commentators from around the world. The conference, Energy […]

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Data Bite: U.S. Coal Production Is Down Almost Everywhere, and Off by Double Digits in Key States

The Map and Chart of the Day: Stark Challenges for Miners From Appalachia to Wyoming as Energy Markets Shift

The drop in U.S. coal production reported by the Energy Information Administration for 2015 marks the biggest annual decline since 1958 and continues a trend that began a decade ago. The total amount of coal produced in the U.S. sank to 900 million short tons, the lowest level since the mid-1980s, according to the EIA’s preliminary estimates. […]

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Op-Ed: Alaska’s Future Is Not in Coal

Tom Sanzillo for Alaska Dispatch News: PacRim says the coal that would come out of Chuitna would boast superior low-sulfur content, when in fact its sulfur content is no different from that found in coal produced in the Powder River Basin in the Lower 48. This point is worth emphasizing because every Powder River Basin […]

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Op-Ed: Why an Alaskan Coal Project Is Unviable

Shannyn Moore for Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska’s only coal mine — owned by the Usibelli family — has seen its exports fall 57 percent in the past four years. The company just announced that it is stopping all exports of coal for the foreseeable future. No wonder a coal market analysis by the Institute for […]

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Global Trends Continue to Undermine U.S. Coal-Export Schemes

Markets Will Not Support Expansions and Developments Proposed in Alaska, California and Washington State

The outlook for coal markets off the West Coast of the U.S. continues to weaken. This fast-developing erosion is rooted in a structural, long-term move that makes elaborate coal-export schemes more and more ill advised as coal’s decline deepens. Projects pitched, for example, at Longview, Wash., at the Port of Oakland, and for the Chuitna […]

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Building a New Coal Mine in Alaska Is as Crazy as It Sounds

Markets will not support PacRim’s Chuitna Project

The U.S.—indeed the world—does not need another coal mine to supply an already oversupplied seaborne thermal coal market. That’s what our research has shown for quite some time now and it’s why we filed a letter this morning with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources explaining why the proposed Chuitna mine just southwest of Anchorage […]

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Court Ruling Against Alaska Coal Spills Stands

The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a federal appeals court decision that said coal falling into Resurrection Bay from the Alaska Railroad’s loading system in Seward violates the federal Clean Water Act. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in September reversed a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tim Burgess, […]

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Export-Market Downturn Spells Trouble for Proposed Alaska Coal Mine

Developers of the proposed Chuitna mine near Alaska’s Cook Inlet are counting on being able to sell the coal for export to Asia. But their timing couldn’t be worse: the seaborne coal market has entered a steep structural decline—not a cyclical one—and established producers, including one from Alaska are scrambling already for whatever market share […]

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April 2015 Chuitna Letter From IEEFA

April 2015 Chuitna Letter From IEEFA  

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