In the news today…
- The Herald Dispatch carries an editorial on Murray Energy’s shift into the metallurgical coal market, and indicates that this is a sign of change in the industry.
- The Washington Examiner reports Trump will be withdrawing economic aid from huge coal-importing countries in Central America for immigration purposes.
- PV Magazine USA reports a Navajo Nation bill will shift 2.25 GW of coal powered generation to renewables, with recommendations due by June 7.
- The Torrington Telegram reports continued research into alternative uses for coal in Wyoming, including production of carbon fiber, a lightweight and durable material used in construction and vehicles.
- The Elk River Star News reports local officials in Minnesota approve the first round of tax incentives for Google to build a data center at the site of a coal plant northwest of Minneapolis.
- The New York Times reports Texas billionaire Andrew Beale is trying to upend California’s carbon-free mandates since they discriminate against generators powered by fossil fuels as the state promotes sources such as solar and wind power.
Carbon Capture Technology:
- The Department of Energy announced up to $20 million in federal funding for cooperative agreements to help accelerate the deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage.
- InsideEPA reports Supreme Court Justice John Roberts’ currently unknown position on when courts should defer to EPA and other federal agencies’ interpretations of their regulations will largely determine whether and to what degree the current standard remains.