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Attention Friends of Coal Everywhere -- We Must ACT Today!

There are two ongoing critical issues impacting West Virginia’s coal industry and the local jobs the industry supports warranting your personal attention and involvement!

The first issue is before Congress involving a utility buy-out plan and the other matter is before the West Virginia Public Service Commission (WVPSC) involving three of our state’s coal-fired power plants.  Both issues will likely be decided this month.

ISSUE 1:

Congress is considering an amendment to the Budget Reconciliation bill to include a Clean Energy Purchase Program (CEPP) that, like the proposed Clean Energy Standard, will incentivize coal-fired utilities to be monetarily rewarded to transition away from fossil energy (coal).  This issue will likely be decided in the United States Senate where Senator Joe Manchin will be a deciding factor.

If passed, the CEPP will lead to an accelerated shut down of West Virginia’s coal mining industry and existing fleet of coal-fired power facilities and will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country in the coal mining, transportation and utility industries.

Please contact Senator Joe Manchin today to express your appreciation for his strong stance against this proposal and to encourage his continued opposition.

Contact Senator Joe Manchin by clicking here.

Issue 2:

The WVPSC has agreed to reopen AEP’s request for West Virginia to guarantee a funding mechanism so it can proceed with environmental compliance at the John Amos, Mountaineer and Mitchell coal-fired power plants so they can continue to operate past 2028.

The utilities plans were thwarted when regulators in Kentucky and Virginia did not approve all relevant upgrades.

The WVPSC is accepting public comments now and has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for 9:30 on September 24 at the WVPSC headquarters in Charleston.

We ask all Friends of Coal to please submit a comment “in support of all upgrades and cost recovery” for AEP and if your schedule permits, to personally attend the PSC hearing in Charleston on September 24th.

To submit a comment, click here

  1. Once on the website, click the dropdown menu under “select a high-profile case”
  2. Choose case number:  20-1040-E-CN in the search box and click “search”
  3. Check the box that reads, “I support this case”, and then enter your comments and contact information

Both of these issues pose a serious and immediate threat to our industry so we must stand up and speak out for Coal today!

Thank you for your ongoing support and assistance.

WV’s Public Service Commission Rules in Favor of Keeping the Mitchell Plant Open!

West Virginia’s Public Service Commission (WV PSC) announced Wednesday evening that they have given the go-ahead for improvements that could extend the operational lives of three coal-fired power plants in the state — John Amos, Mountaineer and Mitchell.

This is tremendous news for West Virginia’s state and local economies and a big win for our coal industry!

In the ruling, the WV PSC stated:

“Based on the extensive record before us, we find that the upgrades at all three power Plants are prudent, cost effective, and in the best interest of the current and future utility customers, the State’s economy, and the interests of the Companies,” commissioners wrote.

Chris Hamilton: Carbon reduction can secure coal's future (Opinion)

Seeking realistic reductions in carbon emissions is a noteworthy cause and is shared by many state students, residents and businesses.

To the surprise of some, the coal industry is part of this movement and, together with our in-state electric utilities, have made substantial gains over time and reductions that have placed our energy assets among the best in the world.

During recent times, much of airborne contaminants have been eliminated, while the amount of coal used to manufacture electricity for a household has tripled. This is a phenomenal and noteworthy achievement.

West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame Inducts Gov. Jim Justice, Steve Leer, Michael Quillen, Chris Cline, ​​​​​​​Chris Hamilton, and Ralph Ballard

Charleston, W.Va. - - The West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, a joint initiative between the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and the West Virginia Coal Association and housed at the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in Morgantown, inducted its newest class of honorees at a ceremony Tuesday evening, June 22, at the Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown. 

West Virginia Coal Association, West Virginia Coal Mining Institute to Jointly Sponsor June Mining Program

Charleston, W.VA. ─ The West Virginia Coal Association is joining together with the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute to sponsor a special summer program for mining professionals on June 22-23, at the Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown. 

The program is intended for mining professionals to learn about developing technologies, mine safety and environmental programs and emerging threats and challenges facing the industry. United States Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito will join with West Virginia’s First Congressional Representative David McKinley and State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to headline the program.  A variety of technical presentations are also slated for the two-day program.