TX Mining Monthly
July 2021
This summer’s rising coal generation in the U.S. underscores global reality: the security, reliability and affordability of coal won’t be easily replaced. Even in nations and on electricity grids that have actively worked to push coal aside – such as the U.S. – the remaining coal fleet continues to underpin efforts to keep the lights on and ACs running. With inflation pushing up the cost of necessities of all kinds, the affordability provided by coal is helping check power prices on those grids that are lucky enough to still have significant coal capacity.
How is that both California and Texas – the two wealthiest states in the wealthiest nation on earth – can’t seem to keep the power on? Or, how is that electricity reliability in the United States, in the 21st century, seems to suddenly be getting worse when it should be getting better? According to two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), one current and one former, an important part of the answer is wholesale market failure and the inability to properly value the resources that ensure reliability.
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Industry News
When Senator Manchin talks, or tweets, Washington listens. And last week when he took Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to see West Virginia’s energy industry up close, he made clear his vision for coal in the energy transition. He tweeted, "Maintaining good-paying traditional energy jobs as we reduce emissions is possible through innovation, not elimination. @NETL_DOE [the National Energy Technology Laboratory] is developing tech including carbon capture, utilization and storage that can help us balance the economy & environment while meeting our energy needs."


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Regulatory Update
The federal government could get carbon capture projects up and running faster if it issued new rules, tweaked its permitting requirements, and supported the industry with its buying power, the White House Council on Environmental Quality said recently in a report to Congress. The report offers a menu of policy options for lawmakers to mull as they consider ways of promoting carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) technologies, which remove carbon from the air.
Coal company Westmoreland Mining Holdings LLC added the latest request to a stack of petitions asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
One of the most significant challenges in mining is miners’ dust exposure, which is why personal and environmental monitoring of dust is used in mines. However, the regulatory-approved monitoring process from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) can often take weeks to obtain results. This can make it difficult to pinpoint when, where and how exposure to dust is occurring. This is why Peabody has been testing a new, real-time method of dust monitoring at surface locations to be used in conjunction with MSHA-approved processes.
Cyberattacks are of increasing concern, with cyber criminals and state actors carefully selecting vulnerable targets to maximize disruption. Increasingly, these hacking events target physical infrastructure, aiming to cut access to U.S. energy sources and utilities. There’s no doubt that attacks on energy infrastructure will continue, impacting U.S. communities, the economy and our nation’s security. Fortunately, a diverse energy portfolio—one that includes coal—can reduce that risk. Coal is the insurance policy the U.S. grid needs, providing storable, dispatchable fuel diversity and security for our nation.
Event Recap
On July 13, enCore Energy Corp. hosted 14 elementary, middle, and high school teachers at their Kingsville Dome project. Thank you enCore Energy Corp. for being such an integral part of our award-winning Teacher Workshop program, which teaches educators the true facts about mining. We appreciate you! Learn more about TMRA's Teacher Workshops below.
Did you know that Texas lignite mining is a multistep process: 1) find the lignite 2) uncover the lignite 3) remove the lignite and 4) reclaim the land – to "as good as or better than" it was. Click below to learn more about Texas mining.
Recruitment and Hiring
How we manage the energy transition will have huge implications for the reliability and affordability of our energy supply and the millions of workers who are the foundation of our current energy system. While there are strong voices — including from labor — calling for caution during the transition, the President Joe Biden administration has made it clear it wants to hit the accelerator. And to many observers, it is making promises about jobs it can’t keep.
Legislative Update
The Biden administration recently set an ambitious goal of slashing emissions 50% by 2030 and being carbon neutral by 2060. The President’s plan to combat climate change hinges on electrification and advanced energy technologies that rely heavily on minerals. To achieve this ambitious goal, policymakers must address the disconnect between the growing demand for minerals and policy proposals that will exacerbate our supply constraints and increase our over reliance on imports.
In an exciting new development for the coal industry, at the joint West Virginia Coal Association/West Virginia Coal Mining Institute Meeting held in Morgantown, WV., last week, it was announced that: "coal can not only meet the Biden Administration’s aggressive requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, but it can actually be burnt with net-negative emissions." This was described in a presentation by Ken Humphreys, CFO and Senior Vice President, Technology and Finance, Net-Negative CO2 Baseload Power, Inc.
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