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OCT-NOV 2017

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October/November 2017 9 news continued ate tribal jobs and revenues, helping the government fulfill its trust responsibility. It was commissioned to run 75 years through 2044. The Navajo Generating Station recently has been running at about an 80% capacity factor and is competing cost-effectively to add reliability and resilience to the electric grid. "The recent spike in Southwest power prices caused by high demand periods and higher natural gas costs demonstrates why the Navajo Generating Station and coal continue to be an essential component of a reliable, resilient and cost-effective energy portfolio for Arizona," said Kemal Williamson, Peabody president – Americas. "We will continue our efforts to make the plant among the lowest cost, most competitive baseload power plants in the region." Fueled by Peabody's Kayenta mine, the Navajo Generating Sta- tion began operating in 1974. The mine and the power plant sup- port 825 jobs and provide approximately 85% of the Hopi Tribe's annual general fund budget and 22% of the Navajo Nation's annual general budget. Virtually all of the mine's hourly workforce is Na- tive American, and last year the mine contributed $430 million in direct and indirect economic benefits into regional economies. West Virginia Senators Join Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety Tour Recently, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta for a mine safety tour of ICG Beckley, LLC's Pocahontas Beckley mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Officials from the Mine Safety and Health Ad- ministration (MSHA) also participated in the mine safety tour. Following an approximately 30-minute ride in a mantrip that transported the group underground, Secretary Acosta and the sena- tors observed first-hand the operation's continuous mining machine, which employs a large rotating steel drum equipped with bits to extract coal from the seam. Installed on the continuous mining ma- chine is a proximity detection system, which can detect the presence of personnel or equipment and avert pinning or crushing accidents. "Touring a West Virginia coal mine with Sens. Manchin and Capito gives me a first-hand appreciation for the dedication of the men and women who work in the more than 13,000 mines around the country," said Acosta. "Through their hard work, America's miners fuel our modern-day life. The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that all miners work in a safe and healthy work environment." Prior to the mine safety tour, Acosta met with MSHA employ- ees at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley. Pocahontas Beckley mine employs about 170 people, and in 2016, produced 982,725 tons of coal. ICG Beckley LLC is a subsid- iary of Arch Coal Inc. Lakeland Hopes for Profitable 2017 Following Hurricane Irma The city-owned utility in Lakeland, Florida, is hoping for a qui- et, profitable final couple of months of 2017 after grappling with weather-related issues, such as persistent rains and Hurricane Irma that affected both the operation and profitability of its 365-megawatt (MW ) C.D. McIntosh coal-burning power plant. In late spring and early summer, frequent wet, cloudy weath- er in supposedly "sunny Florida" held down Lakeland's generation load, forcing Lakeland Electric for a time to run only one coal train instead of the customary two. The municipal electric system gets fi sh was allowed to fl ow from its open-pit Coal Valley mine about 120 kilometers (km) east of Jasper National Park into ecologically signifi cant habitat for rainbow trout. In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. (formerly known as Coal Valley Resources) was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tribu- taries of the Athabasca River. Prairie Mines was charged after an earthen berm failed at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 km east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million liters of wastewater to escape into the river system in October 2013. China to Launch World's Largest Clean Coal Power System by 2020 China is expected to boast the world's largest clean coal power system with high effi ciency by 2020, the Xinhua-run Economic In- formation Daily reported. Since 2014, the coal-fi red power sector has been renovating facilities to reduce emissions and save energy. In 2015, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the National Energy Administration jointly issued a plan for coal-fi red power plants to renovate facilities to cut emissions and conserve energy. It set a target of completing such renovations by 2020. By the end of June, roughly 60% of the total installed capacity of coal-fi red power units have been renovated, said Liu Bingjiang, director of the Department of Air Environmental Management, the Ministry of Environmental Protection. "Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province have completed the plan, while the eastern regions have basically wrapped up the work," Bingjiang added, confi dent of achieving the target for 2020. Currently, the focus of the country's air pollution control efforts lies in non-electricity sectors, such as steel, cement, sheet glass and electrolytic aluminum as the country has greatly reduced ma- jor pollutant discharge in the coal-fi red power sector, the Economic Information Daily said. The emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the coal power industry have been reduced from a peak of 10 million tons to millions of tons, according to Bingjiang. The coal power sector has become the sector that is ranked at the top in meeting emission standards, he added. According to statistics from the China Electricity Council, by the end of 2016, the country's installed capacity of coal-fi red power generators was 940 million kilowatts (kW), accounting for 57.3% of the total installed generating capacity. The coal-fi red power output was 6 trillion kW per hour, representing 65.5% of the total power output. Iran Seeks Mining Investment In the past two months, Iran has signed agreements with South Korea, Austria and Denmark, and is on the way to signing similar accords with other countries, according to the Financial Tribune. The country is seeking $50 billion in investment for its mining in- dustries up to 2022 and has signed agreements with several Eu- ropean and Asian banks in the past few months. Mehdi Karbasian, Iran's deputy minister of industries, mining and trade, speaking on the sidelines of the IMARC Mining Conference in Melbourne, Australia, said the plan was to attract capital across fi ve years, but declined to say how much Iran had raised so far. Continued from p. 7...

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