TX Mining Monthly
December 2022
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas expects sufficient electricity generation as much of the state will plunge into frigid temperatures. Texas’ main power grid should have enough electricity later this week to keep customers warm amid bitter cold weather expected across large portions of the state. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages power for most of the state, said electricity supply should keep up with an expected surge in demand.
The global mining sector has been plagued by a raft of disruptions in 2022. Can we expect the same in 2023? Geopolitical and economic uncertainty has been compounded by sustained supply-chain disruptions, labour shortages and extreme weather events, to name a few. So what can we expect in 2023? Here are five key themes to expect from next year.
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
In 15 U.S. states last year, coal was used to generate electricity more than any other energy source. Twenty years earlier, in 2001, coal was the largest source of electricity generation in 32 states. The United States has shifted away from coal-fired generation since it peaked in 2007 and toward natural gas and renewables.
According to an International Energy Agency report, world coal usage is likely to increase by 1.2% in 2022, surpassing 8 billion tonnes in a single year for the first time.
Supply chain challenges brought on the by the war in Ukraine has shed light on "what really matters," says William LaPlante, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer. "What matters is production. Production really matters."
"People do need to understand the importance of atoms as part of the clean energy future," Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy, said at COP27. "Nuclear is finding its way back to acceptance and real enthusiasm."
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Industrial Base Policy, through its Defense Production Act (DPA) Investments Program and the Air Force Executive Agent, issued its first critical minerals award using Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations funds to Perpetua Resources Idaho, Inc. ("Perpetua") to secure an American source of critical minerals for missiles and munitions.
Three reporters from a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in West Virginia say they have been fired after publicly criticizing an interview conducted by their company president with a former coal executive who was convicted of a safety violation in connection with the worst U.S. mine disaster in decades.
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As we near the end of 2022, it’s a fair question to ask: Did anything really change over the past year Rather than sugarcoating the bad news by focusing only on positive developments, our year-end wrap-up will do what it’s designed to do: review some of the major trends in the EHS profession (these trends are not ranked in any particular order) and shine a light on where progress occurred and where more work needs to be done.
The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) offers access to educational STEM resources to help inspire the next generation of mining professionals. There is also "Move Mining Next Gen," an online competition for students K-12 that explores the importance of mined minerals to our daily lives. The 2022-2023 contest is now open! All entries must be submitted by Jan. 18, 2023 noon MT. Click below to learn more, access resources and enter the competition.
The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) has presented Arizona Sonoran Copper and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) with the 2022 Award for Environmental Excellence for the duo’s efforts to revitalize the Cactus mine.
University of Houston ecologist Martin A. Nuñez has been recognized with the 2022 Excellence in Restoration Research Award from the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration. An associate professor in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Nuñez was selected based on his research in restoration science and for his work to identify ways it can become a more equitable field in countries around the world.
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Virginia’s governor traveled more than 1,800 feet underground Friday and helped cut the ribbon for a coal company planning to add 181 jobs to the Buchanan County and Tazewell County area.
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This year's TACA Capitol Day will be held Feb. 27-28, 2023 in Austin, Texas. This event is designed to support you in being effective advocates for your communities, companies, and industry -- and providing you opportunities to meaningfully engage with one another and decision-makers. Click below to learn more and register today.
The case for nuclear power as a climate solution got a big boost Monday, when the Biden administration announced it’s giving Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a $1.1-billion grant to help the company keep operating California’s last nuclear plant.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday unveiled a list of 21 legislative priorities including property tax relief, improving the reliability of the electric grid and continuing to spend money on border security funding.
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