Two More Signs the Coal Industry Is Caving to Reality
While the coal industry lobby in Washington seeks to rebrand its product as “clean,” and the fate of climate change legislation in Congress remains hostage to partisan maneuvering, two recent decisions by local power companies show a lower carbon future slowly taking shape.
Biomass magazine reported yesterday that
The decision trumps the company’s traditional ideological stand. Joseph Romm at Gristmill notes that Southern has long led industry opposition to national renewable energy standards which would require power companies to obtain electricity from solar, wind or other green resources.
In Wisconsin, Alliant Energy made a similar decision earlier this month. After the state Public Service Commission rejected its application to build a coal-fired plant, the companyannounced that it will dramatically boost its purchase of wind power.