"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.
Download details HERE.
( 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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According to the CCTI website: "CCTI's process is designed to reduce moisture in coal and still leave it stable and safe, while also increasing its energy output above that of untreated coal. Dried coal can self-combust when it reabsorbs moisture; solving that problem has been key to making the technology commercially viable. CCTI says its refined product is safe and produces fewer emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), when burned."
(Source: Clean Coal Technologies, Power, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Clean Coal Technologies Inc., Robin Eves, CEO, www.cleancoaltechnologiesinc.com
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Honors are based on the best environmental performance for reducing key criteria emission rates and carbon dioxide (CO2). Categories include leadership in reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), and improving efficiency as measured by heat rate, which results in a lower carbon footprint. In addition, Peabody recognized a new coal plant and an industry pioneer advancing carbon capture and storage technologies. A distinguished panel of international experts in high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) and carbon capture technologies selected the award recipients following a comprehensive review process.
"Coal remains an essential part of the energy mix, and technology will continue to play an important role in meeting the world's emissions goals," said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. "Peabody has advocated clean coal technologies for two decades and we are proud to recognize companies that are advancing these technologies to help achieve energy security, economic progress and environmental solutions."
(Source: Peabody Energy, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder
(314) 342-4351, www.peabodyenergy.com
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Former NYC Mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg commenting on Trump White House climate advisor George David Banks' promoting clean coal at COP23 conference in Bonn
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McKenna is touting Canada's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a national carbon pricing plan and federal-provincial moves to shut down traditional coal-fired power by 2030.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is proposing an American-led alliance that would encourage developing countries to adopt and invest in more efficient coal plants and stress "the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation."
(Source: Globe & Mail, 13 Nov., 2017)Contact:
Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html; Clair Perry-MP, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000, https://twitter.com/secretaryperry?lang=en
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BEIS reiterated its decision to close coal-fired power plants following
lengthy consultations with businesses, trade bodies, interested individuals and other stakeholders, the majority of which
felt "there is unlikely to be a significant risk to security of supply from regulating to close unabated coal." Many industry participants concluded that regulation was "not necessarily required to drive the switch away from coal." Many
underscored the effectiveness of carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- through the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and UK's Carbon Price Support and the emissions reduction requirements under the Industrial Emissions Directive.
The was "little support" for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to be deployed to existing coal plants due to the nascent nature of this technology, high development costs and uncertain timetable for investment. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, SPG Global, Platts, Oct., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
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The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.
MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact:
MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com
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Net Power aims to license its technology to third parties -- oil and gas companies, power utilities -- and expects the first commercial plant to start its turbines as early as 2021. Net Power was formed by a partnership of 8 Rivers Capital, Exelon and CB&I, (Source: Net Power, Edgy Labs, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com
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Product ability to reduce carbon emission by 85 pct to 90 pct makes CCS adoption preferable to other available alternates while favorable government initiatives to encourage adoption of sustainable technology along with measures to reduce toxic pollutant concentrations will stimulate CCS.
In the U.S. the 2008 U.S Energy Improvement and Extension Act introduced section 45Q to provide credit of $20 per tonne for storing CO2 in deep water saline formations and $10 per tonne for storing CO2 through enhanced oil recovery. In 2016, the Obama administration funded $90 billion through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act towards strategic clean energy investment and tax credit to promote development of low carbon technologies.
The report is available from Global Market Insights. www.gminsights.com.
(Source: Global Market Insights, World Coal, 29 Aug., 2017)Contact: Global Market Insights, (216) 525-0600, www.gminsights.com
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Coal21, which was established in 2006 by the Australian Coal Association now merged into the Minerals Council of Australia, has to date invested $300 million in cleaner coal projects, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) initiatives at the Queensland Callide power plant in Victoria's Otway Basin.
The Coal21 Fund has also received
$550m from the Australian and state governments and coal related industry.
The fund is primarily financed by a levy on coal production at Australia's thermal and coking coal mines. Major players include Glencore, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy.
(Source: Minerals Council of Australia, The Australian, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Australia Minerals Council of Australia , +61 2 6233 0600, www.minerals.org.au
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