The City of Oakland terminates its lease with a developer who wanted to build a marine terminal to ship coal from Utah

“In a major setback to a years-long effort to reinvent the former Oakland Army Base, the city has terminated its lease with developer Phil Tagami, effectively putting an end to his controversial plan to build a marine terminal and export coal, according to letters sent last month by city attorneys. City officials in those letters…

Why coal is a big part of the debate over California moving into a regional power grid

“In-state coal-fired generation in both 2015 and 2016, according to the California Energy Commission, made up just 0.2 percent of the state’s electric load. Only one coal-fired plant remains in operation in California — the 63-megawatt Argus Cogen plant in the town of Trona in San Bernardino County. California does import electricity from coal-fired plants…

Energy storage, wind, and solar companies are recruiting coal miners for their work ethics and high-tech skills

“Struggling coal mining towns offer an abundance of highly trained workers, many of whom are eager for new opportunities and stable jobs. Mine work today requires mechanical and technical skills that are transferable to new industries, a fact that companies inside and outside the energy sector are beginning to discover in America’s tightening labor market.”…
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