Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Wednesday after very strong earnings from Apple and Boeing. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
COLSTRIP, Mont. • After several years of taking a beating from the poor economy, new pollution rules and a flood of cheap natural gas, the coal industry was on the rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia.
State regulators today approved a rate increase for Tucson Electric Power Co. that will boost the average residential bill by about $3 to $4 per month — while putting off some new energy-efficiency programs that have been awaiting approval for more than two years.