· IEA: An estimated 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity.
· IEA: Global coal demand grows by 15% to 2040.
· IEA says global energy demand is set to grow by 37% by 2040.
CHARLESTON – According to the latest report from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) and the National Mining Association, coal production in the United States is down by slightly less than 1.4 million tons for the week ending March 14th compared to the same time last year. Production for the week stood at 19.88 million tons compared to 18.51 million tons for the same week in 2014. Cumulative production for the year-to-date is also down as of March 14th at 192.68 million tons compared to 197.11 million tons last year.
There was a significant decrease in the number of rail car loadings, down 5.5% for the week from the same period last year. Rail car loadings are also down 1.4% year-to-date.
Several anti-mining activist groups filed a 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) with the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) earlier this week, alleging the agency has failed to take federal oversight action with regards to the West Virginia mining regulatory program.
The NOI contains several allegations of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WV DEP) failure to properly enforce and administer its federally-approved state mining program which would trigger OSM’s duty under the federal Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act to implement a federal regulatory program for West Virginia and/or undertake direct federal enforcement of the approved state program.
On Monday, March 23, 2015, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will chair a U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) field hearing in Beckley, West Virginia. The field hearing, “Regional Impacts of EPA Carbon Regulations: The Case of West Virginia,” will examine the impact of EPA carbon regulations in the nation’s second largest coal-producing state and will feature testimony from state and national witnesses.