Decker Coal Accepts Buy-out of Coal Supply Contract


January 6, 2010



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GILLETTE, Wyo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD) announced an agreement that Decker Coal Company, in which Cloud Peak Energy is a 50% partner, has accepted a buy-out offer from an eastern utility company for a coal supply contract originally scheduled through 2012.

The customer’s contract accounted for approximately 30 percent of production for 2010 and the majority of the production for 2011 and 2012. The arrangement is mutually beneficial to both the utility and the Decker Joint Venture as it allows the utility to avoid purchasing coal it no longer requires, and Decker to pursue more favorable sales opportunities. Decker Coal Company currently holds no firm sales contracts beyond 2011, but continues to seek market opportunities for the approximately 42 million tons of non-reserve coal held by the Company.

This arrangement provides financial compensation for the remaining tons under this contract and allows the Decker Joint Venture to better manage the ongoing mining operation. The transaction will be effective and reflected in fiscal year 2009.

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About Cloud Peak Energy

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE: CLD) is headquartered in Wyoming and is the third largest coal producer in the United States. As one of the safest coal producers in the nation, Cloud Peak Energy Inc. specializes in the production of low sulfur, sub-bituminous coal. The company owns and operates three surface coal mines in the Powder River Basin, the lowest cost coal producing region in the nation among major coal producing regions. The Antelope Mine and Cordero Rojo Mine are located in Wyoming and the Spring Creek Mine is located near Decker, Montana. With approximately 1,500 employees, the company is widely recognized for its exemplary performance in its safety and environmental programs. Cloud Peak Energy Inc. is a sustainable fuel supplier for approximately 4.4 percent of the nation’s electricity.


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