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 Lignite Energy Council: Maintaining a Viable Lignite Coal Industry

More electricity in North Dakota is generated with coal than with any other fuel. In fact, the state continues to be one of the country’s top coal-producing states, mining approximately 30 million tons every year since 1988.

Most of the region’s electricity is generated from lignite across seven power plants in North Dakota and one in eastern Montana. Fifteen years ago, the Lignite Energy Council created the Lignite Vision 21 Program as an endeavor to revitalize growth in the lignite industry.

The program’s main purpose is to promote the latest advanced coal technology for a rapidly growing region fueled by environmentally responsible lignite energy conversion facilities. Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station, a combined heat and power plant, was built under the Lignite Vision 21 Program.

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The Coal Truth Part 1: Emissions

As proud members of the coal industry, our purpose is simple: we want to advance human progress by providing the world’s most affordable, plentiful, reliable and safe energy to consumers and industry. We joined the coal industry because we believe it is the best source of energy for billions of people around the world.

Many believe that coal is an outdated, dangerous fuel of the past. We disagree. We believe that an unbiased look at the positives and the negatives of coal shows that the case against coal rests on widespread myths, and that the truth is coal is good for our lives, good for our health, good for our environment--good for human progress. 

You’ve heard the myths...now hear The Coal Truth.

Summary

Coal Myth 1: Coal power harms human health by generating unsafe emissions levels.

The Coal Truth: Modern coal power improves human health through providing reliable, affordable power at safe emissions levels. 

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Contura, Alpha Shareholders Merger to Create Largest U.S. Coal Producer

Shareholders of Contura Energy and Alpha Natural Resources approved a proposed merger at a special meeting Wednesday, with the deal expected to close Friday, the companies said.

The combined entities will be known as Contura Energy, and shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CTRA, said Contura spokesman Alex Rotonen. Shares are expected to start trading Friday, he added.

"We are gratified that our shareholders have approved the proposed transaction and that we have taken another step toward creating the largest domestic metallurgical coal producer," David Stetson, Alpha CEO, said in a statement issued Wednesday. "We are excited to complete the merger and join together these two strong companies in the very near future."

Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura and Kingsport, Tennessee-based Alpha said jointly April 30 they would merge.

Once merged, the company would be the largest met coal supplier in the US with 12.6 million st of sales in 2017 and 1 billion st in met coal reserves.

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 No Green Wave in Midterms

Green campaigners were hoping for a "Green Wave" in the 2018 midterms just as Democrats were hoping for a blue one.

CFACT's Adam Houser reports at CFACT.org that dreams of a big green wave were dashed. 

Three out of four Green ballot initiatives went down to defeat, while the fourth, in Nevada, requires a second ballot to advance.

Washington state voters said "no" to a proposed carbon tax on emissions of $15 per ton; 

Colorado voters rejected a proposal to increase setbacks for shale energy extraction that would have placed vast uninhabited areas off limits for fracking;

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A Timely Reminder From Chairman Chaterjee

Despite the well-founded sense that the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is long gone, it remains a specter lurking just over the nation’s shoulder. The EPA’s proposed replacement rule, the Affordable Clean Energy rule, is just that, a proposal. Thoughtful, detailed work remains to get this welcome alternative over the finish line and ensure the Costly Power Plan is never implemented.

The EPA continues grapple with CPP’s flaws, the damage it could have done – and could still do – to the reliability of the nation’s bulk power system and the critical areas in which it overstepped the agency’s regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act. It’s under this continued mission of information gathering – of listening to experts and in-the-trenches stakeholders – that Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), provided smart comments on the dangers and unintended consequences of the CPP.

Neil Chaterjee

In his letter to the EPA’s acting administrator Wheeler, Chatterjee explains that his comments "are geared toward offering the Agency the benefit of the information the Commission has gleaned over the past several years when it investigated the Clean Power Plan's effects on the reliability of the bulk power system." Specifically, he points to transcripts from four technical conferences conducted by commission staff with representatives from state utility commissions, regulated entities and a variety of public interest organizations. A summary of some of the information gathered from these technical conferences was relayed to EPA, but the full transcripts from those conferences nor comments submitted to FERC by these expert parties were ever shared.

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