As The New York Times put it in a November story on the Carbon Plant, “coal’s downward turn has hit Appalachia hardest, but the effects of the transition toward other energy sources have started to ripple westward.”

There is much work to do here, covering the ripple effects in this region.

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Joel Campbell is CJR's correspondent for Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. An associate journalism professor at Brigham Young University, he is the past Freedom of Information chairman for the Society of Professional Journalists and was awarded the Honorary Publisher Award by the Utah Press Association for his advocacy work on behalf of journalists in the Utah Legislature. Follow him on Twitter @joelcampbell.