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Ash Pond Newsletter: October 2022

Posted on November 15, 2022

The following is a collection of ash pond news from October 2022. Our intent is to provide you with important news pieces to help inform your business decisions and keep you up to date about the coal and ash pond industry.

This downloadable newsletter provides resources and explanations of ash pond news concerning a number of topics, including:

  • In 2021, United States coal power plants received less than half of the coal received in 2010 (449 million short tons vs. 957 million short tons, respectively).  The majority of the coal, around 70%, delivered to the power plants is transported by train while 11% is delivered by barge, 9% is delivered by truck, 8% is delivered from the mines directly, and the remaining 2% is delivered by other means.
  • CPS Energy has plans to stop using coal as a power source by 2030 and confirmation of the closure will need to be decided by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
  • A notice of intent for the funding of a $32 million program for the production of rare earth elements, minerals, and materials from coal sources has been issued by the Department of Energy. 
  • Groundwater pumping for use in energy generation in Louisiana has allegedly led to subsidence in the ground in the Village de L’Est, near New Orleans, Louisiana.