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Trump's Next Big Idea to Save Coal Is Miniature Power Plants

  • Small-scale coal projects sought by Energy Department
  • Industry puzzled, but concept is backed by Murray Energy
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The Energy Department is thinking small to save the beleaguered coal industry -- literally.

The agency wants to spend $175 million on a program that would include designing at least two small-scale, coal-fired power plants. The units would have a capacity of about 200 megawatts, roughly one-third the size of a typical generator that uses coal.