ADA-ES gives testimony on clean coal before the Senate Finance Committee

At an April 26, ’07 hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, ACC member ADA-ES gave testimony on the importance of furthering research into clean coal technologies. Their comments centered around the following points.

  1. Coal is critical to our future because it is reliable (base load capacity), inexpensive,
    abundant, and local.
  2. The industry has demonstrated the ability to meet environmental challenges involving
    NOx, SO2, particulates and mercury.
  3. Federal incentives, such as tax credits, have been effective in advancing technology to
    ensure realistic options exist and that the costs of these options are manageable.
  4. Success for new technologies depends on a careful balance between:
    • Incentives for technological developments;
    • Sufficient time for risk mitigation; and
    • Regulation or tax-based market drivers (often referred to as “sticks” or “carrots”).
  5. CO2 control seems to be the next concern for our nation’s coal industry and the critical
    points are:

    • The scale is massive;
    • The timeframe is probably long — 10 to 20 years;
    • Sufficient investment is critical;
    • Success is likely; and
    • Investment and incentives need to be designed to ensure that multiple technological paths are followed and that costs and risks are reduced.

ADA-ES comments were followed by a subsidiary of another ACC member, Rentech Energy Midwest Corporation. This testimony focused on the ability of coal-based Fischer-Tropsch diesel products to provide abundant, secure, and clean burning diesel fuel.

Our fuel produces all of the transportation energy of conventional fuels, with several major advantages:

  • It can be made from abundant domestic natural resources, lessening our dependence on imported oil.
  • It runs cleaner than conventional fuels from petroleum, producing slightly less greenhouse emissions than conventional diesel when used in the same engines. When compared to similar vehicles with gasoline internal combustion engines, there is about a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • For other regulated criteria emissions — SOx, NOx, and particulates — using our fuels cuts emissions by up to half over conventional diesel.
  • Rentech diesel can also be stored 5 to 10 times longer than oil-derived diesel, and it is biodegradable, making it ideal for strategic reserves.

Three other individuals also testified before the committee on the potential for coal-based fuels and clean coal technologies to provide our country with economic, abundant/secure, and environmentally sound energy for many years to come.

You can read the testimony here.

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