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All MINExpo® Attendees are Invited to the Bluefield Coal Symposium August 12-14

“All coal people planning to attend MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® are invited to attend the Bluefield Coal Symposium in Princeton, WV,” said Bill Reid, Symposium Chair. “There are 6 weeks between these events so those thinking about coming will only be away from their mines and offices for two short periods several weeks apart. Both meetings are most important ones for the coal industry and should not be missed at this crucial time in coal’s history.” 

Bill Reid


Online registration is available at www.CoalZoom.com and those wishing to attend this one-of-a-kind Symposium are urged to sign up right away. The speakers include no less than four coal operator CEOs as well as numerous industry experts.

Bluefield Coal Symposium has the theme Using U.S. Coal for a Better America. This national event is jointly presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias and CoalZoom.com. The symposium is being held on August 12- 14, 2024 at the Chuck Mathena Center, 1298 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV. which is a beautiful 930-seat theater with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities as well as stunning architecture.

Chuck Mathena Center

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Pleasants County (West Virginia) Commission President Remains Confident in Power Plant Project

Despite a Wall Street Journal article casting doubt on the future viability of a project in Pleasants County to take coal and create graphite and hydrogen, Pleasants County Commission President Jay Powell remains a cheerleader for the project at the old Pleasants Power Plant.

Speaking by phone Friday, Powell said the Quantum Pleasants, owned by California-based Omnis Fuel Technologies, should be able to show within 30 days whether its proprietary “quantum reformer” technology is viable.

“I’ve been on site last week,” Powell said. “They're making great progress. We'll know within 30 days if their concept is where it needs to be. It appears it is. I've been told by the experts it is. So, we'll see.” 

WV Gov. Jim Justice, speaking from the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 86th Annual Meeting and Business Summit last August at the Greenbrier, talks with Pleasants County Commissioner Jay Powell live from the functioning Pleasants Power Plant after Omnis Fuel Technologies restarted the plant.

The company claims to be able to burn coal at high temperatures without carbon emissions through modules, allowing for graphite to be separated out and the hydrogen go to the former Pleasants Power Plant for electric generation. Graphite is used in manufacturing and making batteries.

An article published in the Wall Street Journal Thursday highlighted the Quantum Pleasants project, the $200 million investment by famed motivational speaker Tony Robbins, Omnis Fuel Technologies CEO Simon Hodson and his other projects in West Virginia that remain unrealized, a whistleblower lawsuit alleging Hodson and the company were misleading state and federal economic development officials about the Quantum Pleasants project and the lack of any demonstration of the quantum reformer technology.

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NMA Challenges Unlawful BLM Landscape Rule

The National Mining Association (NMA), along with a broad coalition, has filed in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming to challenge the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Conservation and Landscape Health rule.

Rich Nolan

Rich Nolan, president and CEO, said, “This plainly unlawful rule is a prime example of the administration’s self-defeating mining policy, and must be struck down. Through rules that are designed to open the door to de facto land withdrawals, this administration continues to erect new barriers to responsible domestic mining projects, threatening to deepen our already grave foreign mineral reliance and blocking access to valuable coal resources at the exact moment minerals and energy demands are exploding. Our laws have always recognized the government’s responsibility to manage public lands for multiple uses. We are absolutely in support of conservation efforts, but they cannot be prioritized over all other lawful uses.”

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NMA Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Mining Schools Act

The National Mining Association applauds and urges the U.S. House of Representatives to support the Mining Schools Act of 2023, job-creating legislation championed by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Chairman Joe Manchin (I-W.Va.).

"American mining - and the American miners at its heart - is the foundation of our nation's economy," said Rich Nolan, NMA president and CEO. "By supporting the next generation of miners, the Mining Schools Act is a direct investment in secure U.S. supply chains, American ingenuity, and high-paying, community-supporting jobs for the future. We appreciate Sen. Barrasso's leadership to date and urge the House to join the Senate in advancing this important legislation."

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MISO Warns it’s Going to be Woefully Short of Power

Across the country, one grid operator after another is sounding the alarm over soaring power demand, an inability to meet it and the threat posed by early retirements of essential coal capacity.

PJM Interconnection, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and now the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) have all plainly and forcefully warned they are going to be short of power in the years ahead.

Surging power demand from electrification, the explosive growth of data centers and the reshoring of heavy industry has upended the power demand picture nearly overnight. This rapidly emerging demand is colliding with both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) blitz of rules designed to all but immediately close the coal fleet, and a startling inability to bring new generation and enabling energy infrastructure online at scale.

Consider the latest warning from MISO. In June, MISO said that if its members don’t delay retirements of power plants or bring more resources online faster and at larger numbers than they have historically, a potential 2.7-gigawatt deficit next year could soar to 14 GW in 2029. A deficit of that size is equivalent to being short the power needed for 10 million homes.

MISO CEO John Bear plainly warned that “the number of gigawatts coming online is insufficient for what we’re seeing coming.” He added, “We’ve got a lot of work to do to slow down the retirements and speed up the additions coming onto the system.”

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