Five Stories: Big Changes Coming to Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/15/16).

  1. The New York Times reports: “The Obama administration will announce on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction, according to an administration official. The move would represent a significant setback for the coal industry, effectively freezing new coal production on federal lands and sending a signal to energy markets that could turn investors away from an already flailing industry. “
  2. Greentech Media’s “The Energy Gang” talks with Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP “about what clean energy can learn from the environmental justice movement. “
  3. Climate Progress reports, “The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a briefing next Friday, January 22, to ‘shine a light on the civil rights implications of toxic coal ash, as well as other environmental conditions, on communities most in need of protection,’ according to a statement released by Commission Chairman Martin R. Castro.”
  4. According to Midwest Energy News, “Less than a week after a Minnesota co-op announced it had sold out shares of its formerly struggling solar garden, solar developer Sunshare announced it has sold out its first project in Waverly, a town 35 miles west of Minneapolis.”
  5. The U.S. Department of Energy announces $220 million in grid modernization funding, part of “an ongoing effort that reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to improving the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system.”