Coal Mine Expansion Threatens Villages

The Afşin-Elbistan coalfield and power plant project looks to tap the 40% of Turkey’s lignite coal reserves located in the region to generate up to 8,000 MW of power. After the UAE’s TAQA put investment on hold, Turkey’s state power generator is negotiating with Chinese and South Korean companies. [Reuters]

A recent New York Times editorial blasted the Koch Brothers’ campaign against renewable portfolio standards, net metering and renewable energy in general. Here are some letters written in response to the piece, with the first one addressing the larger economic issues surrounding the longer-term viability and sustainable of net metering. “Essentially, net metering redistributes the cost burden of the integrated electric system from more affluent to less affluent customers.” [New York Times]