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OCT-NOV 2017

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October/November 2017 www.coalage.com 11 news continued contracted to sell to Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. by 2019. LG&E and KU are Kentucky's largest electric utilities, serving about 1.1 million customers. They are owned by Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp. New Future produced just under 2 million tons of coal in the first six months of 2017, federal Mine Safety and Health Administration figures show, although its output tailed off during the second quar- ter. New Era has had no production this year, according to MSHA. That is in sharp contrast to Galatia's recent mining history. In 2014, the Galatia complex turned out approximately 11.3 million tons of coal, with a permanent workforce of 935 people. It was one of the largest coal producers in Illinois, along with the Foresight mines. For several decades, the Galatia complex's sprawling opera- tions, highlighted by its brightly illuminated prep plant, have been a familiar sight to motorists driving between Harrisburg and Galatia. DOE to Fund $26 Million for Carbon Capture Technologies The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $26 million in federally funded financial assistance for cost-shared research and development projects under the Office of Fossil En- ergy's (FE) Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement. DOE antic- ipates selecting 14 projects for this funding, which will demon- strate the potential to provide step-change reductions in both cost and energy penalties associated with implementing carbon capture and enabling technologies for the coal and natural gas power generation sector. The projects will be managed by the Na- tional Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). This funding opportunity focuses on two areas of interest: development of novel transformational materials and processes and enabling technologies to improve carbon capture systems. Selected projects under the development of novel transfor- mational materials and processes area will support research de- veloping and validating transformational materials and capture processes, such as novel water-lean solvents and other materials that can significantly increase CO 2 absorption performance, eco- nomics and other benefits. Projects may also focus on advanced membranes or hybrid materials and processes that can be tested at bench-scale on natural gas and/or coal-fired flue gas, showing potential to meet DOE's transformational carbon capture goals. Selected projects under the enabling technologies area will support bench-scale research on addressing challenging issues associated with advanced carbon capture technologies. By devel- oping these enabling technologies, overall improvement in car- bon capture systems that is or is not specific to any one technolo- gy developer might be realized. Signal Peak Appeals Judge's Order for Bull Mountain On October 5, Signal Peak, which operates Bull Mountain mine in Montana, appealed a federal judge's ruling that put expansion plans for the mine on hold. The company said this ruling will re- sult in the company being forced to lay off 30 employees at the mine at the end of October. In August, U.S. District Judge Don Molloy issued an order vacating and setting aside a challenged mining plan environ- mental assessment and enjoined all federal coal within an

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