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Author: Phillip Graeter

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Despite Short Month, U.S. Coal Exports Remain Strong as U.S. Coal Exporters Work Through Backlog


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Despite it being the shortest month of the year, U.S. coal exporters were able to add to the already high levels of U.S. coal exports, shipping out 9.7 million tons of coal in February 2018, extending the +9 million tons of exports streak now to seven consecutive months. Increases in met coal exports were the […]

TAGS: Coal
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EVA Report: Navajo Generating Station Remains Low-Cost Power Solution for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Through 2030


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The Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) will realize a $370 million savings in power costs through 2030 and municipal and industrial customers will avoid a 30 percent increase in water charges over 10 years if the CAWCD continues purchasing power from the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) rather than the open market, a study released […]

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Clean Power Plan Repeal Finally Picks Up Steam


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On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added another chapter to the story of one of the most contentious environmental regulations, when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued the proposed Clean Power Plan Repeal Rule.  This action, almost 200 days after President Trump ordered the EPA in his Executive Order to Promote Energy […]

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Metallurgical Coal Production drops in Third Quarter, Despite Strong Market Conditions


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Quarterly coal production data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) show a significant drop in metallurgical coal production for the third quarter in 2017. While year-to-date metallurgical coal production is still well above 2016 levels (+26.7% through Q3), quarter-on-quarter production data shows a 9.5% decline, despite strong export market conditions for U.S. met […]

TAGS: Coal
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First Ozone Season Under the CSAPR Update Rule Begins Amid Uncertain Market Conditions


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This month marks the official start of the 2017 ozone season. 22 eastern U.S. states will have to comply with much tighter emission budgets than over the last two ozone seasons. Emission budget reductions for CSAPR states, required by the EPA as part of the 2016 CSAPR Update Rule, have created very delicate market conditions […]

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New EPA under President Trump: Obama-Era Regulatory Rollbacks are in Full Swing


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After last month’s issue of the long-awaited Executive Order (EO) on “Promoting Energy Independence” (see March Newsletter), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headed by Administrator Scott Pruitt is in full force to undo some of the regulations supporting the “War on Coal.” As part of his EO issued last month, President Trump requested that the […]

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President Trump Issues Long-Awaited Executive Order on “Promoting Energy Independence”


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On March 28, President Trump signed a highly anticipated Executive Order that will significantly impact future and existing environmental regulations. While media rumors regarding the content of the Executive Order were for the most part correct, the implications of this administrative action remain to be seen. President Trump’s “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and […]

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No CPP, No Problem


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To keep in line with the twists and turns of the fate of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, one of the highest-profile environmental regulations to come out of the Agency, which aims to reduce U.S. power sector CO2 emissions by more than 30% by 2030 below 2005 levels, the November 8 presidential election was no different. […]

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Environmental / Regulatory Affairs – What to expect in 2017


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The turn of the year always allows time to reflect on what has transpired over the past year and what is to come during the next. This month’s newsletter provides a high-level overview of what to expect on the federal and state regulatory level affecting the domestic energy industry. Federal EPA Clean Power Plan (CPP) […]

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How the Trump Administration could change the Environmental Regulatory Landscape


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On November 8, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump achieved one of the biggest political surprises in the history of presidential elections. This month’s newsletter examines what short- and long-term impacts the incoming administration can have on the environmental regulatory landscape over the next four years. During the election, candidate Trump discussed repealing environmental laws […]

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