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Carl Shoupe by a painting of a coal miner in the Kentucky Coal  Mining Museum in Benham, Ky., Tuesday, August 16, 2011. The first  load of coal shipped by rail from Harlan County was shipped in  August 1911, 100 years ago. Charles Bertram | Staff

A Coal Museum In Kentucky Went Solar This Month. The Backstory Is Even Better.

A Coal Museum In Kentucky Went Solar This Month. The Backstory Is Even Better.

Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Carl Shoupe spent his best years in the mines of Harlan County, Kentucky. Harlan County is a once-vibrant coal mecca nestled against the Virginia border in the state’s southeast corner. Shoupe joined labor fights there in the early 1970s, when union miners battled coal executives and their political patrons


To stay in Power, African Leaders Have to Provide Power

The head of the African Development Bank has warned of future political upheaval if African governments fail to deliver on energy access. Dr Akinwumi Adesina, whose organisation provides development finance to African countries, was speaking at the launch of a major new report on electrifying Africa, where two thirds of the population still lack access


Ghana Signed For More Than Needed Power

The government of Ghana is caught in a situation whereby it will have excess capacity of energy; however it cannot distribute that power distributed due to low demand. Local radio station Peace FM reported that the government is unable to cancel eight Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) deemed excess capacity because the financial implications range between


Kenya: Lamu Coal Power Station to Commence Construction

Kenya’s proposed coal-fired thermal power station, Lamu coal power station, is set to begin construction following the signing of a Sh206 billion ($1.9 billion) agreement between China Power Global and Amu Power. According to local radio station Kapital FM, energy cabinet secretary, Charles Keter confirmed the news. Keter described the plant as “one of the

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