January 18, 2016
Coal communities around the world are coping with a downturn in the global coal market. In some places, such as Great Britain, most mining shut down decades ago. This report, produced by Melanie Harsha for the After Coal Project at Appalachian State University, looks at the construction of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm being build by former miners on reclaimed mining land in South Wales. Residents have mixed feelings about the impact of the wind farm and have secured a number of commitments from the Vattenfall Company to support community projects.