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Colorado Approves $1.1 Billion Wind Farm, 90-Mile Transmission Line

Cathy Proctor for the Denver Business Journal: Xcel Energy Inc.’s proposal for a massive, $1.1 billion 600-megawatt Rush Creek wind farm and 90-mile transmission line in eastern Colorado was approved Friday by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The three commissions on Friday verbally approved a settlement Xcel (NYSE: XEL) announced in early September in support […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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Peabody Shortchanges Colorado County as It Banks Millions for Executive Bonuses

Kevin Simpson for the Denver Post: Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn last week rejected checks for $1.7 million in overdue property taxes from bankrupt coal company Peabody Energy because they fell short of the amount due — and then took money out of her own pocket for a public relations effort assuring taxpayers the company […]

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Colorado Coal Output Drops 42%

Danika Worthington for the Denver Post: Colorado coal production in the first six months of the year dropped 42 percent compared with the same period of 2015, but on-the-job injuries increased by 20 percent. The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety released a report on mine production and safety for January through June of […]

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Colorado School District Taps State Emergency Fund to Stay Open After Peabody Energy Fails to Make Tax Payment

From the Associated Press: A tiny school district caught up in a giant coal company’s financial woes got a million-dollar bailout Thursday with a vote by the Colorado board of education to empty its emergency fund to help. South Routt County schools officials had turned to the board after Peabody Energy, which owns Twentymile Coal […]

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Peabody’s Missed Tax Payment Puts a Colorado Town in Difficult Straits

Bruce Finley for the Denver Post: The collapse of coal mining hit home in rural Oak Creek this week after a bankrupt industry giant missed a tax payment, catapulting a community into turmoil. Peabody Energy’s failure to pay a $1.2 million June installment translated almost instantly to trouble for fire protection, the library, cemetery and […]

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Coal Industry on the Brink in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

Where Is the Leadership to Help Families, Communities, and Economies Manage the Change?

It is past time for governors and legislators in the Rocky Mountain West to seriously plan for what they are going to do to help mining communities and families hit hard by the coal industry’s collapse. These leaders—in the six states from the Canadian border to Mexico—have been silent for too long. The coal-mining sector […]

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U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates

Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel: Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program. The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters […]

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‘Concerned About Self-Bonding, Top Federal Mining Regulator Wonders About Collusion’

By Benjamin Storrow in the Casper Star Tribune: The top federal mining regulator expressed “grave concerns” with the country’s coal reclamation program on Wednesday and openly questioned whether states and mining firms were colluding to avoid their cleanup obligations. Joe Pizarchik’s comments represent a notable escalation in the debate over self-bonding, or coal companies’ unsecured […]

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Coal Production in Uinta Basin of Colorado and Utah Drops by 34.7%

Christopher Coats for SNL: Coal production at mines in the Uinta Basin continued to slide in the first quarter of the year, down nearly 900,000 tons from the previous period and 34.7% below the same period in 2015. For the 12 months ending with the first quarter of the year, basin output was 29.3 million […]

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