Over Two Dozen Coal Mines Have Just Closed Down in Spain

As of today, coal mines that receive public funds but do not turn a profit must cease production, according to a European Union directive.
Those uncompetitive mines include 26 ones in Spain, around 14% of whose energy needs are provided by coal. According to a deal with the EU, Spain will also close nine of its current 15 coal-burning plants by 2020 as part of the country’s ongoing efforts to wean itself off fossil fuels in electricity generation.


1.2 Trillion Dollars Problem in China’s Clean Energy Future

In the West, bad children get coal in their Christmas stockings. In China, everyone gets coal, as consumption peaks during the winter-heating season.

Its leaders want to change this. In line with President Xi Jinping’s recent call for a “better life” for Chinese citizens, coal power curbs this winter are rolling across northern China.


Too Much Radioactive in Chinese Coal Ash for Reuse

Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. and Chinese scientists cautions that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China may be too radioactive for this use.


Clean Energy Is About to Become Cheaper Than Coal


The inflection point has already been reached in the West, and by 2021 solar will be cheaper than coal in China.

Donald Trump’s desire to bring coal roaring back has always faced a huge barrier in the form of an unstoppable decline in clean energy prices. But now a new report suggests that the falling costs are set to undercut coal sooner than many expected.


EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants


WASHINGTON –  The Trump administration is moving to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, sent a letter announcing his decision to a coalition of energy companies that lobbied against the 2015 water pollution regulations.


Germany Is Converting a Coal Mine Into a Massive Renewable Energy Battery


Gemany is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant 'battery station' that will store hydroelectric power and provide energy to around 400,000 homes, with hopes of launching similar facilities across the country in the coming years.

After half a century of service, the Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine in the north-west of the country is due to be shut down in 2018, when the task of getting it converted to a clean energy facility will begin.


House Republicans Vote to End Rule Stopping Coal Mining Debris From Being Dumped in Streams


(WASHINGTON) — Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams.