Category Archives for e-News ~ Members’ Update
The Members’ Update, or e-News, contains important news and updates on ACC events, publications, and policy issues. The e-News is sent out eight times per year and is delivered only to ACC Members.
Interesting report on air quality and emissions from the Desert Research Institute and PopSci.com.
According to a study by the Desert Research Institute, pollutant levels
at the beginning of the 20th century were two to five times higher than
current levels of pollution. Researchers attribute the decrease in
pollution levels to the advent of more efficient coal-burning
technologies, as well as legislation aimed at reducing emissions. (emphasis added)
Good to see the science is now backing what we have been saying for years.
Duke Energy held a celebration ceremony to mark the start of contstruction on its Edwardsport IGCC plant. While site prepartation for the $2.35 billion plant began shortly after the plant’s permits and approvals were all in place, this celebration was held to "mark the unofficial start of construction."
On July 11, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down (vacated in its entirety) both the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the CAIR federal implementation plan (FIP). The rule was brought before the court due to charges by the state of North Carolina that challenged the EPAs decision to allow unrestricted interstate trading in allowances.
Several media outlets, along with Senate, and the FutureGen Alliance websites were praising the July 8th and July 11th votes by the The Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and Senate Appropriations Committee respectively. In both votes, the Senate chose to protect $134 million in federal funding for the FutureGen plant at Matoon, Il.
A recent Ernst & Young study is stating that mandates for minimum levels of renewable energy will add as much as 20% — or over £ 200 (approx USD $395) — to annual electricity costs for each home.
A June 18th, 08 Powerspan/Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) news release describes their efforts to advance an industry-leading carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project in North Dakota.
As part of his campaign platform, Republican Presidential nominee, John McCain is calling for a variety of measures aimed at increasing domestic energy production and reducing American dependence on foreign energy resources.
Alongside of his calls for ending the federal moratorium on drilling for offshore oil reserves and expanding the royalty sharing agreements with states, McCain is also calling for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030. McCain further proposed to provide $2 billion per year in funding to aid in the development of clean coal technologies.
In a June 13 letter from Energy Secretary, Samuel Bodman, the Department of Energy has indicated its plans to cease all funding to the FutureGen project and withdraw from the FutureGen Alliance — a public-private group founded on the goal of building a near-zero emissions coal-fueled generation plant. The DOEs decision cemented its intentions towards the project and closed out some short-term options for the FutureGen Alliance group.
This just released chart, prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, gives the briefest glimpse into how complex and confusing the proposed climate change legislation bill would have been. (Click on the graphic to see the full pdf version of the chart.)
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[img_assist|nid=929|title=Americans support use of domestic energy|desc=|link=popup|url=http://www.americansolutions.com/General/?Page|align=right|width=300|height=187]A just released poll, carried out by The Polling Company, Inc. for American Solutions for Winning The Future, from May 29 – June 1, 2008, indicates clearly that the vast majority of American adults want the Congress to drop the climate change issue and focus instead on the use and development of domestic energy resources, including coal. By large margins, Americans want Congress focused on the costs of energy.
Poll findings also indicated that while American adults are concerned about the potential impacts of climate change, they are far more concerned about the potential impacts of limited energy supplies, the need for domestic energy security, and rapidly rising energy costs.