Coal prices are high as stockpiles hit new lows

Nov 30, 2021
Coal producers are reluctant to ramp up production because it takes a lot of money. And who knows how long demand will last?
A labor shortage is, in part, limiting a ramp up in coal production.
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Friendly breakup: After 129 years, GE plans future as 3 smaller companies

Nov 9, 2021
Separate operations focused on aviation, health care and energy will be more agile — and independent of one another's weaknesses.
General Electric said it will end its days as a conglomerate, separating into companies focused on aviation, health care and energy.
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Debate over solar-equipment tariffs heats up

Nov 5, 2021
Some say keeping Trump-era levies on foreign-made panels and cells will help the U.S. meet Biden's domestic goals for renewable energy.
Solar-panel production in the U.S. has tripled since Trump-era tariffs were imposed, but imports still make up 85% of sales.
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U.S., other countries cut funding for international fossil fuel projects

Nov 4, 2021
Instead, they'll put about $18 billion a year into renewable energy projects.
On Thursday, more than 20 countries pledged to redirect investments from fossil fuels to clean energy. Above, signage inside the COP26 United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
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What will the clean energy transition look like?

Oct 28, 2021
The road to a clean, affordable and reliable power grid won’t be straightforward.
"If you look at where wind and solar need to be placed in this country, it's mainly in the Midwest, and your demand centers are on the coasts," said Gary Kruse, managing director of research at Arbo.
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The challenges of getting oil companies to decommission California's aging offshore oil rigs

Oct 7, 2021
While some lawmakers look to stop new drilling, the existing rigs are continuing to operate.
California brown pelicans fly near offshore oil rigs after sunset on July 21, 2009 near Santa Barbara, California. Shutting down California's offshore oil rigs could prove costly.
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20 years later, echoes of Enron's energy deregulation in California, Texas

Sep 30, 2021
In California, energy companies gamed the markets and ushered in large-scale blackouts in 2000-2001, incidents that have Enron's fingerprints all over them.
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The renewable energy transition has companies looking out to sea

Sep 27, 2021
Nodules on the ocean floor are rich in cobalt, nickel, manganese and copper. But deep-sea mining has raised environmental concerns.
Patania II is GSR’s seabed mining robot with hoses that suck up polymetallic nodules. Here, it’s being lowered into the Pacific earlier this year so that it can roam the seabed.
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Texas' efforts to fix electrical grid may not be enough to prevent future blackouts

Sep 13, 2021
The state's decision nearly a century ago to go it alone when it comes to electricity still has ramifications today.
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California's battery-supported grid off to a slow start

Jul 13, 2021
California’s grid operator hoped new battery storage could prevent rolling blackouts. Installation has been delayed.
The sun shines over towers carrying electical lines August 30, 2007 in South San Francisco, California.
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