U.S. Moves to Close Royalty Loophole; More Coverage of Paducah; Pepco-Exelon Backlash

THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT’S PROPOSAL TODAY TO REVOKE A ROYALTY EXEMPTION for coal taken from federal land draws press from several news organizations. Among the many articles is a piece by Timothy … Continue Reading →


Keystone: The Republican Congress’s First Priority May No Longer Make Sense

(Editor’s note: this column was published on Wednesday by Bloomberg View) By David Knowles —  Senator Mitch McConnell has long waited for this moment. When he assumes his new position as … Continue Reading →

Prairie State Energy Campus

Sanzillo: Neither the Fine Print Nor a Review by Moody’s Shed an Honest Light on Prairie State’s Dark Finances

By Tom Sanzillo —  Ratings-agency reviews this week of new debt offerings associated with Prairie State Energy Campus, and the fine print in the bond offering itself, simultaneously illuminate and … Continue Reading →


Solar Georgia; Ohio Bailout Debate; Paducah Downgrade

GEORGIA ELECTRICITY CO-OP COBB EMC HAS SIGNED THE STATE’S BIGGEST-EVER SOLAR POWER-PURCHASE AGREEMENT in a 25-year deal with Southern Company. The Marietta Daily Journal has a writeup on the arrangement, … Continue Reading →

Pew state by state

Pennsylvania Leads; Ohio Lags; Divestiture Gains

PENNSYLVANIA IS OUT FRONT IN THE NEW ENERGY ECONOMY, writes Stephanie Ritenbaugh in today’s edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ritenaugh’s article is based largely on new research by the Pew … Continue Reading →

India solar

Buckley: On Solar, India Isn’t Fooling Around

By Tim Buckley The government of India isn’t kidding around about solar energy. For the most recent proof, look no further than the announcement last week of an $800 million … Continue Reading →

Cloud Peak Energy

Sanzillo: 5 Reasons Coal Companies Should Pay Export Royalties Now

By Tom Sanzillo —  The U.S. coal industry is going through a period of shrinkage that even some of its most stalwart leaders acknowledge. Yet the National Mining Association in … Continue Reading →

Fort MacMurray

Nervous in Tar-Sands Country; Utility-Company Existentialism; Australia Coal Outlook Dims

SNOWMOBILE SALES AND HOUSE PRICES ARE DOWN IN FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, Reuters reports, as residents of the heart of Canada’s tar-sands region grow uneasy about whether the industry can deliver … Continue Reading →

Coal stacks

Politico.com Asks a Few Good Questions; L.A. Times Doubts Keystone; Plain Dealer Columnist Hasn’t Forgotten

POLITICO.COM, THE INSIDE-THE-BELTWAY NEWS SITE, TAKES A HARD LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. COAL INDUSTRY in a deep dive published over the weekend. The article, by Erica Martinson, … Continue Reading →

Paducah downtown

Sanzillo and Schlissel: There’s a Better Way Out of This Mess Than What Paducah Power Proposes

By Tom Sanzillo and David Schlissel —  The recent plan proposed by Paducah Power System to reduce high electricity costs for residents and businesses will neither bring rates down to … Continue Reading →