In the news today…
- Argus reports the US can support the roughly 90,000 people employed by the coal industry in finding jobs outside the sector at a cost of as much as $83bn, according to a new report.
- Argus reports the future of American Electric Power’s (AEP) Mitchell coal plant in West Virginia could be decided this summer, as state regulators mull two alternatives proposed by the utility.
- E&E Energywire reports coal workers are being transitioned within the coal industry.
- Energy News Network reports that clean energy advocates are celebrating last week’s announcement that two Illinois coal plants will close next year, but remain concerned after state lawmakers failed to advance a proposal to ensure a “just transition” after plants close.
- E&E Energywire reports the company with a $1.5 billion plan to develop the world’s largest carbon-capture retrofit at a coal plant says the New Mexico project is about 18 months behind its previous schedule.
- The Hill reports that a Senate committee led by key swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has released a 400-page energy infrastructure proposal that it will weigh later this week. The package aims to boost nuclear energy, hydrogen energy and carbon capture, which uses developing technology to capture emissions from activities such as burning fossil fuels. It also aims to increase the resilience of the electric grid from threats related to both natural disasters and cybersecurity.