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 All MINExpo® Attendees Are Invited to the Bluefield Coal Symposium August 12-14

“All coal people planning to attend MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® are invited to attend the Bluefield Coal Symposium in Princton, WV,” said Bill Reid, Symposium Chair. “There are nearly 6 weeks between these events so those thinking about coming will only be away from their mines and offices for two short periods several weeks apart. Both meetings are most important ones for the coal industry and should not be missed.”


Bill Reid

The one-of-kind Bluefield Coal Symposium has the theme Using U.S. Coal for a Better America. This national event is jointly presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias and CoalZoom.com. The symposium is being held on August 12- 14, 2024 at the Chuck Mathena Center, 1298 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV. which is a beautiful 930-seat theater with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities as well as stunning architecture.


Chuck Mathena Center

The Symposium has four main goals:

    to aid the search for zero accidents
    to lift the spirits of those serving the coal industry and bring everyone together
    to help promote MINExpo INTERNATIONAL®
    to examine the challenges and opportunities for coal

An awesome group of speakers, comprising leaders in the industry from all parts of the country, will present their experiences in achieving greater safety and increased productivity in both underground and surface mining. Over two days, there are three technical sessions, two dinners, and one luncheon.

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com. 

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NERC Reports Some U.S. Regions at Risk for Energy Shortfalls in Extreme Summer Conditions

Parts of the United States could be at risk for electricity supply shortages if electricity demand peaks are higher than anticipated or if less electricity is generated than expected, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2024 Summer Reliability Assessment. Under normal summer demand conditions, NERC expects the continental United States to have adequate power resources this year.

No areas of the United States evaluated by NERC were considered high risk this summer, a category that means an area is at risk of outages during normal summer conditions.

Data source: North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), 2024 Summer Reliability Assessment

Electricity demand increases as temperatures rise and homes and businesses use more air conditioning. Higher-than-normal summer temperatures can affect reliability two ways: by increasing electricity demand for air conditioning and by increasing the risk of power plant outages and reduced output from heat-related issues.

In addition, widespread heat waves can limit the typical movement of electricity because it is needed to meet increased local demand. Transmission can be limited due to the risk of overheating, natural disasters (such as wildfires), and insufficient capacity to carry energy where it needs to go. NERC also highlighted concerns over having enough resources to meet peaks in demand in recent years as baseload generation retirements have increased and variable resources such as solar and wind that have a less stable generation pattern are replacing other power plants.

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com.

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Bluefield Coal Symposium Panel to Dig into the Future of American Coal

The Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias based in Bluefield and Princeton, WV is preparing for an exciting 2024 Bluefield Coal Symposium, which is taking place at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV on August 12-14.

“One of the highlights of the Symposium will be the Coal Discussion Panel,” said Bill Reid, Symposium Chair and Managing Editor of CoalZoom.com. “We have assembled a distinguished panel which will be moderated by David Kanagy, Executive Director & CEO, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc. The panel comprises:

     Michelle Bloodworth, President & CEO, Americas Power
     Jimmy Brock, Chairman & CEO, CONSOL Energy
     Chris Hamilton, President & CEO, West Virginia Coal Association
     Michelle Manook, Chief Executive, FutureCoal (formerly World Coal Association)

Michelle Bloodworth

Jimmy Brock

Chris Hamilton

Michelle Manook


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Surging Power Demands Meet an Inflexible EPA Agenda

Not a week goes by without another jaw-dropping projection on the speed and scale of power demand growth.

PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest grid operator serving 65 million Americans, has warned again and again that it is facing rapidly approaching capacity shortfalls. The collision of soaring power demand driven by electrification, new industrial activity and the explosive growth of datacenters coupled with rapid coal plant closures has PJM’s leadership – and its independent market monitor – deeply concerned.
Multiple times this year, PJM and its market monitor have revised the market’s power demand projections and the losses the grid is expected to face from power plant closures. Now add a startling new projection to the list. According to a new report, PJM may need to double its generating capacity by 2040 if demand growth surges as some modelling now predicts. It’s an extraordinary challenge now made all but impossible because of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory agenda.



The gulf between what PJM needs to meet power demand, preserve grid reliability and not handcuff economic growth with power shortages is growing startlingly wider. But while PJM has been outspoken about the challenges it’s facing, they’re far from unique. Explosive demand growth is happening everywhere.

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The Biden Administration Energy Agenda is Putting America’s Affordable, Reliable Energy at Risk

During the month of March, 48.8 million adults (23.3% of country) were unable to pay their monthly utility bill in full.  Undoubtedly tens of millions more sacrificed other essential needs to cover their energy costs.  Electricity grid operators across the nation are sounding the alarm that electricity reliability is highly vulnerable exposing families and businesses to potential brownouts or worse.  Bottom line, the Biden Administration has launched a multi-wave assault on affordable, reliable energy as it attempts to advance a narrow-minded view of what constitutes clean energy.


Steve Winberg

One wave of their assault was passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which included $369 billion “to modernize the American energy system” and which disproportionately subsidizes intermittent wind and solar power generation at the expense of America’s baseload power generation.  These incentives are doled out to wind and solar generation with no requirement to install electricity storage to sustain electricity reliability when the wind and sun do not show up for work.  This is contributing to accelerated baseload power generation retirements and unprecedented grid reliability challenges across our country.  On average, renewables provide less than nine hours of electricity each day and consumers cannot pick the nine hours they want their electricity.  That is left to the vagaries of the wind and sun and on cloudy, windless days renewables provide little or nothing.

In a second wave of their assault, President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency, in a single day, introduced four new regulations, which target affordable, reliable baseload coal-fired power plants and new natural gas plants.  These regulations were rushed out EPA’s door to marginalize Congress’ full opportunity to scrutinize them under the Congressional Review Act.  Further, EPA has promised that more regulations are forthcoming on existing natural gas plants.

These regulations came under immediate fire from the Rural Electric Cooperatives, which consume coal to the benefit of 42 million rural women and men, farmers across our country and a host of small businesses.  Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association said it best, “The path outlined by the EPA is unlawful, unrealistic and unachievable.”  “It undermines electric reliability and poses grave consequences for an already stressed electric grid.”  “This barrage of new EPA rules ignores our nation’s ongoing electric reliability challenges and is the wrong approach at a critical time for our nation’s energy future.”

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