From the American Coal Magazine 
Project Tundra: Forging the CCS Frontier
By Mac McLennan, Minnkota Power Cooperative
Out on the open prairies of North Dakota, energy innovation is happening.
Leading scientists, engineers and other energy experts are gathering in this rural area to develop technologies that have the potential to dramatically reduce emissions around the world. Excitement and enthusiasm are building as the vision for Project Tundra is becoming clearer at the coal-based Milton R. Young Station.
Minnkota Power Cooperative has been pursuing the development of Project Tundra over the last six years. The project aims to equip the Young Station… 
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Opinion: The Harsh Realities of Clean Energy Transformation
By Sheila Hollis, United States Energy Association, via Bloomberg Law
(Jan. 4, 2022) – The year 2021 will be remembered for many reasons, but for those in the energy sector, it will be memorialized as the year that energy policy became an existential issue.
No longer are the ebbs and flows of energy trends known only to the experts; the relationship among energy, our society, and our environment has firmly entered the public eye. Extreme weather events, fuel costs and shortages...
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New Video Underscores Concerns About Affordable Electricity Prices
By Staff, America’s Power
(Jan. 13, 2022) – A number of regulators who oversee our electricity supplies want consumers to understand that they will see higher costs for electricity if policies are enacted to eliminate electricity sources by completely decarbonizing the electricity grid by 2035.  In the link below is a new video by America’s Power with comments by some regulators highlighting obstacles to decarbonizing the grid by 2035.
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Coal Will Remain Prominent for Decades Despite Growing Renewable Power Capacity
By Aaron Larson, Power
(Feb. 1, 2022) – There are a lot of changes taking place in the world’s energy supplies. We seem to read announcements almost every day about coal plant retirements, and solar and wind farm installations. Yet, when you look at power projections put out by the experts, coal-fired generation remains prevalent in the mix beyond 2050, even as renewable resources slowly climb in the rankings.
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National Coal Council Reestablished as National Advisory Council on Coal
By Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune
(Feb. 2, 2022) – The National Coal Council will be reestablished under a new name and with a revised mandate, the Department of Energy said Monday.
The council’s charter lapsed more than two months ago, “in light of DOE’s commitment to fully evaluate the need to expand the scope of advisory work of the committee,”...
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How Coal Country Lawmakers Came to Love Crypto
By Jael Holzman and Emma Dumain, E&E News
(Feb. 1, 2022) – As the prospects for coal continue to darken, states that were once the lifeblood of America’s coal mining industry are now tying their economies to the production of a new type of mining: cryptocurrency. And lawmakers on Capitol Hill are moving to facilitate the trend.
Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal mining state, was the first state to establish cryptocurrency banking in 2019. Texas...
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House Committee Focused on Coalfields Begins Efforts
By Staff, MetroNews
(Jan. 26, 2022) – Members of the West Virginia Legislature have formed a new select committee focused on presenting measures aimed at helping West Virginia’s coalfields.
The House of Delegates Select Committee on Coalfield Communities met for the first time on Monday. The formation stems from last June’s announcement from House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, regarding an informal workgroup focused on developing proposals for improving communities.
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DOE, DOT Scramble to Hire ‘Energy Corps,’ Roll Out EV Charging Network
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
(Jan. 21, 2022) Dive Brief:
•    The first electric vehicle (EV) chargers in a new $7.5 billion national network could be installed later this year, U.S. Department of Energy officials said Thursday during an online summit hosted by the National EV Charging Initiative.
•    DOE and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have formed a joint office to support development of the 500,000 station network. Each agency is hiring about 1,000...
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Interior’s 2022 Energy Strategy: 3 Things to Watch
By Heather Richards, Jael Holzman, Scott Streater, Climatewire
(Jan. 20, 2022) – The Interior Department’s energy strategy this year could help determine whether the Biden administration can secure a clean energy legacy as potent as the fossil fuel dominance that characterized public land policy during the Trump years.
The department will deploy a two-pronged approach: ramping up deployment of clean energy and attempting to constrain its massive fossil fuel programs through regulatory reform.
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U.S. to Spend $725 Mln This Year on Abandoned Coal Mine Cleanup
By Nichola Groom, Reuters
(Feb 7, 2022) – The Biden administration on Monday said $725 million in federal funds would be available to states this year to clean up abandoned coal mines, one of several initiatives aimed at reducing pollution from decades of fossil fuel development.
The money represents a portion of the $11.3 billion allocated to mine reclamation in the infrastructure law that Congress passed last year.
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BlackRock’s Hypocrisy Highlights ESG’s Shortcomings
By Marion Smith, Common Sense Society, via National Review
(Feb. 8, 2022) – BlackRock CEO Larry Fink wants you to know that investing based on environmental, social, and corporate-governance factors — what is now known as “ESG” — isn’t “woke.” That claim, made in his annual letter to CEOs on January 18, is debatable. What’s not debatable is that the global leader in asset management takes a hypocritical approach to ESG, as do countless...
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Mining & Metals 2022: ESG and Energy Transition – the Sector’s Biggest Opportunity
By Staff, White & Case LLP
(Feb. 7, 2022) – For the mining & metals industry, 2021 will be remembered for two very clear themes. First, the stunning recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that sent commodity prices soaring to levels never seen before. Second, that ESG has anchored itself as a mainstream aspect of business and will remain top-of-mind in the boardroom.
While the industry proved itself remarkably resilient to the initial shock of the pandemic...
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ACC Calendar – Conference Dates

Spring Coal Forum – February 28 - March 2, 2022
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Coal Market Strategies – August 1 - 3, 2022
The Chateaux Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

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