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Part of the new Affordable Clean Energy rule announced Tuesday would focus on making coal plants more efficient — which could help them run for longer. But utility advocates say that’s unlikely to change energy companies’ plans. 

New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency give states the power to set their own goals for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Affordable Clean Energy rule, or ACE, replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. 

Indiana Coal Miners Rally To Keep Pensions

Jul 12, 2018
Hoosier coal miners will join a rally in Columbus, Ohio, to protect their pensions. (Photo courtesy United Mine Workers of America)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana coal miners will join a rally to protect their pensions Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. That’s where a congressional committee plans to discuss what to do about multi-employer pension funds that are in danger of going under due to the recession. 

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Lauren Chapman

Indianapolis Power & Light expects that its Petersburg coal plant could soon run more often. Depending on who you ask, that could be a good thing or a bad thing for IPL customers. 

U.S. Coal In Decline, But Not In Indiana

May 10, 2018

The outlook for coal in the U.S. is bleak. Forbes cited a report Wednesday that says twice as many coal plants are expected to close in 10 years than what was predicted a year ago. But as for coal in Indiana, that’s a more complicated story. 

In our series on the Ports of Indiana, we’ve seen steel and manufacturing hubs on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River. Today, we go to Indiana’s truest river port – Mt. Vernon, outside Evansville. It’s the highest-traffic port in the system, helping move processed grain, coal, and more all around the world. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Annie Ropeik reports it’s also more susceptible than any other state port to the fallout from shifts in federal policy.

New DOE Study Explores Decline Of Coal, Nuclear

Aug 25, 2017

Natural gas, not renewable energy, is the primary driver behind coal and nuclear power plant retirements, according to a highly-anticipated Department of Energy study released this week.

The study concluded the already widely-held view that cheap natural gas and low demand drive the decline in coal and nuclear power. The report also implies that increased use of renewable energy could make the power grid unreliable in the future.

Indiana’s three ports had their second-best start to the year ever in 2017.

Burns Harbor, Mt. Vernon and Jeffersonville moved 19 percent more cargo in the first six months of this year than at the same time in 2016 – 5.7 million tons overall.

Almost two-thirds of that went through the southwest port of Mt. Vernon, in the form of bulk cargoes – things like coal, ethanol, fertilizer and minerals, which get transferred between railcars, river barges and trucks.

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Five coal plants in Indiana ranked in the top 100 for both toxic and greenhouse gas pollution, according to a new analysis from the Center for Public Integrity.

That’s more “super polluters” than any other state in the country.

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Some Hoosiers and Appalachia residents are advocating for federal dollars to restore abandoned coal mines.

The RECLAIM Act would free up $34 million over five years for Indiana.

Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign representative Matt Skuya-Boss says it would cost nearly $200 million to restore all of Indiana’s abandoned mines.

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