In Q1 this year, China's issuance of green bonds that only met domestic definitions totaled US$7.97 billion, well above $4.37 billion for the globally aligned bonds, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI). For the second quarter through June alone, green bonds issued on the Chinese standards more than doubled to $5.92 billion from the previous quarter, while the globally aligned green bonds also nearly doubled to $2.82 billion, CBI added.
In 2019, locally aligned green debt in China totaled US$24.5 billion, less than $31.3 billion for the bonds aligned with the global standards, according to the CBI.
On the definition of projects, the international guidelines pay more attention to climate change mitigation and adaptation, while China's domestic rules emphasize environmental benefits such as pollution reduction, resource conservation and ecological protection in addition to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2019 CBI report.
(Source: CBI, People's Bank of China, Hellenic Shipping News, Sept., 2020) Contact: People's Bank of China, www.pbc.gov.cn; Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net
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"The Trump Administration sees a bright future for the new, next stage of coal."-- Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, July, 2020)
Brouillette was commenting on the Trump Administration's $118 million Coal FIRST commitment to develop technologies to generate carbon-neutral electricity and hydrogen using coal.
Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) plants will incorporate carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and be capable of flexible operations to meet the needs of the grid, use innovative components that improve efficiency and reduce emission and will be small compared to the current conventional utility-scale coal-fired plants. Contact: Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette www.energy.gov/contributors/dan-brouillette
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If approved and constructed, the project will generate sufficient electric power for roughly 45,000 homes and double the county's renewable energy power generation.
(Source: Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Noozhawk, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Santa Barbara Clean Coalition, Craig Lewis, Exec. Dir., firstname.lastname@example.org; Santa Barbara County Planning Commission,
(805) 737-7775, www.countyofsb.org/plndev/hearings/cpc.sbc; BayWa r.e., Hakan Wallin, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com
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DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)will manage the selected projects.
(Source: US DOE, 20 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov
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The R&D projects for coal-fueled power plants and technologies include the following separate funding opportunities:
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage all of the selected projects.
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( Source: US DOE, April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, Sec. of Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, Assist. Sec., www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
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According to KAPSARC, a continuation of current policies is expected to increase power sector emissions in 2030 by 70 pct over 2015 levels. Rationalising costs of fuel inputs is critical to driving large CO2 emissions reductions and providing a net economic benefit to the Saudi Arabian economy. In its calculations, KAPSARC evaluates alternative scenarios in terms of their practical implications on Saudi Arabia's CO2 emissions, electric power production, fuel consumption, investments and cost-effectiveness, as well as on the kingdom's oil exports and revenues. The suggested policy approaches include:
Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, solar energy would account for 25 pct of the emirate's energy supply requirements, nuclear 7 pct, clean coal 7 pct and natural gas 61 pct by 2030, with an extended goal to increase solar to 75 pct by 2050.
(Source: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Middle East Technical Review, 12 Mar., 2019)
Contact: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Adam Sieminski, Pres., +966 11 225 1064, email@example.com, www.kapsarc.org
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The Obama administration 2015 regulation imposed CO2 limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants that could not be met without installing some kind of carbon-capture technology. The Trump EPA proposed replacement would reportedly raise allowable CO2 emissions from new and modified coal power plants without employing CCS technology while ensuring utilities use other advanced technologies to ensure coal is burned cleanly and efficiently.
Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states -- nearly 40 pct of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Bloomberg, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.energyandpolicy.org/american-coalition-clean-coal-electricity
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The Obama administration 2015 regulation imposed CO2 limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants that could not be met without installing some kind of carbon-capture technology. The Trump EPA proposed replacement would reportedly raise allowable CO2 emissions from new and modified coal power plants without employing CCS technology while ensuring utilities use other advanced technologies to ensure coal is burned cleanly and efficiently. Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states -- nearly 40 pct of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Bloomberg, 5 Dec., 2018)
Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.energyandpolicy.org/american-coalition-clean-coal-electricity; EPA, Office of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator
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The CCCU aims to make coal a safer and more affordable source of energy, with minimal impact on the environment. Donations fund new research projects, facilities, and outreach activities involving clean coal. The research projects are conducted by faculty from both Washington University and international partner universities. In total, the program has completed 24 research projects, 114 peer-reviewed papers and one book.
The CCCU is a part of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), which was established in 2007 as a larger effort to coordinate research on energy, environment, and sustainability.
According to Peabody Director of Corporate Communications Charlene Murdock,
"Coal remains an essential part of the world' energy mix, and technologies are central to continuing to reduce the emissions profile." Murdock adds that "Peabody is dedicated to reducing emissions." (Source: Washington State University, Peabody Energy, Student Life, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: CCCU, Richard Axelbaum, Dir., cleancoal.wustl.edu; Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder (314) 342-4351, www.peabodyenergy.com
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Trump's proposal aims to replace the Obama administration's signature effort to slow global warming by limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. To that end, Trump's plan broadly increases each individual state's authority to decide how to regulate coal plants, the reasoning being that states that are heavily into coal and other fossil fuels will legislate favorably toward its fossil fuel industries.
Wheeler claims carbon emissions would continue decreasing under Trump's plan, albeit, not as quickly as under Obama's plan which Trump claims was tantamount to a "war on Coal." The Trump administration has acknowledged that the increased emissions from aging coal plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the U.S. billions of dollars. (Source: Various Media, LEX 18, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_R._Wheeler
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With the ruling, his Honor basically said Good Luck, wished the kids well, and told them to keep up the good work!
The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that "a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution."
Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal.
(Source: Various Media, Inside Climate News, 15 Aug., 2018)
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The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution.
Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal."
As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying:
"The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice. The breadth of respondents' claims is striking, however, and the justiciability of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions."
The lawsuit was originally launched in 2015 against then-President Barack Obama who, like the Donald, hoped it would simply fade away. (Source: Various Media, Earther, 30 July, 2018)
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The 107-MW first phase of Thunder Spirit incorporates 43 turbines and generates sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes.
ALLETE Clean Energy owns and operates approximately 535 MW of wind energy generation at facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
The company was established in 2011 to acquire and develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, shale resources, clean coal technology and other emerging technologies.
(Source: ALLETE Clean Energy, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact:
Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952,
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Now the tax credits are available to any industrial facility at which carbon capture equipment is installed and which captures at least 500,000 metric tpy of CO2.
There are currently only a handful of projects that have been built to take advantage of 45Q and only 17 large scale CO2 capture projects worldwide. This expansion can help the next wave of investments in CO2 capture projects.
(Source: WV News, 18 Feb., 2018)
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While the administration's 2018 proposal ensures the DOE's overall budget remains unchanged, it would cut the $305 million required to keep the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) afloat.
Since its founding in 2009, ARPA-E has provided funding for projects that develop solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, energy storage, carbon capture and other crucial technologies and projects.
(Source: Various Media, Futurism, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov
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"Right now, clean energy jobs already overwhelm dirty fuels in nearly every state across America, and that growth is only going to continue as clean energy keeps getting more affordable and accessible by the day." -- Michael Brune, Exec Dir., Sierra Club Contact: Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org/michael-brune
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