In the news today…
- Indiana Public Radio reports coal production dropped by nearly 37 percent last year — more than any of the other top coal mining states.
- Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kentucky state utility regulators have dealt a blow to plans to keep a Marshall County coal-fired generating plant operating until its planned retirement date of 2040.
- Argus reports Kentucky state regulators said American Electric Power (AEP) cannot pass on to customers costs for upgrading the Mitchell coal-fired power plant in West Virginia, putting up a hurdle to keeping the 1,560MW plant open past the end of this decade.
- Politico Pro reports Oklahoma is suing the Interior Department over its bid to take over coal mine regulations on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation, Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) announced today.
- Politico Pro reports a bipartisan group of senators reintroduced legislation this morning that would throw a financial lifeline to struggling nuclear reactors through a new EPA-led credit program.
- Politico Pro reports environmental regulators have filed a motion to dismiss a legal case that sought to block the president of an Idaho-based company from being involved in proposed mines in northwestern Montana under a state law that punishes companies and their executives who don’t clean up mining pollution.
- S&P Global reports amid the global push to decarbonize, automakers have rushed to secure the lithium needed to make electric vehicle batteries.
- The New York Times reports senators introduced a plan on Monday to tax iron, steel and other imports from countries without ambitious climate laws.
- RealClearEnergy carries an op-ed by Dan Ervin, a professor of Finance in the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, calling for the U.S. to double down on advancing CCUS for global climate leadership.
- Inside Sources carries an op-ed from Jim Constantopoulos, professor of geology at Eastern New Mexico University, in which he argues the U.S. must deliver globally replicable emissions solutions with renewable energy and emissions-free fossil fuel technology.