Coal Content

Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 6 proposed revisions to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for new, modified, and reconstructed coal-fired power plants.
Power Sources
In a Dec. 4 report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that 4 gigawatts of coal-fired generation capacity are expected to retire by the end of 2019.
Environment
Commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the American Public Power Association on Oct. 31 said that it supports EPA’s proposal to establish heat rate improvement technologies as the best system of emission reductions for coal-fired utility boilers, the revision of certain Clean Air Act’s section 111(d) implementing regulations, and supports the role states have in setting units specific performance standards.
Reliability
An assessment by the PJM Interconnection clears the way for FirstEnergy Solutions to close 4,017 megawatts of coal and diesel generation in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Electricity Markets
FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. notified the PJM Interconnection of its plans to deactivate four fossil-fuel generating plants in 2021 and 2022. The plants represent a total of 4,017 megawatts of generating capacity.
Environment
A federal appeals court ruled that an Environmental Protection Agency rule setting requirement for coal ash ponds and impoundments is too lenient.
Environment
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to replace the Clean Power Plan with a new rule that would let states decide how to make existing coal-fired power plants more efficient to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
Power Sources
The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s recently released short-term energy outlook expects natural gas-fired power plants to supply 37% of U.S. electricity generation this summer. EIA also forecasts the share of generation from coal-fired power plants will drop slightly to 30% in summer 2018.
Environment
The American Public Power Association and other parties have joined together in asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete its “Residual Risk and Technology Review” for coal- and oil-fired utility steam generating units as quickly as possible.
Electricity Markets
President Donald Trump on June 1 directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to take steps aimed at keeping “fuel-secure” power facilities -- coal-fired generation and nuclear power plants -- operational.