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NEW YORK — A group representing power generators across the European Union warned that the bloc’s plans to limit the use of coal may backfire, encouraging utilities to seek returns on new fossil-fuel plants instead of putting money into clean energy.
European Commission is considering a law that would effectively block many coal-fired plants from getting support payments under the region’s capacity market, which is intended to ensure steady supplies of electricity when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.
The Daily Caller, Andrew Follett, 12/4/2016
President-elect Donald Trump could eliminate these five Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations some studies have labeled as “job-killers” that do little for the environment.
Under President Barack Obama, the EPA made individual rules and regulations that cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. Given the high costs, Republican lawmakers encouraged states not to implement such rules because they could be overturned by the courts or by a subsequent administration.
4-Traders.com, Steve Daines, 12/7/2016
U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator: ‘I greatly appreciate the leadership Attorney General Pruitt has shown in suing to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and look forward to watching him dismantle it piece by piece as EPA Administrator.’
‘I greatly appreciate the leadership Attorney General Pruitt has shown in suing to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and look forward to watching him dismantle it piece by piece as EPA Administrator.’
After declining for several months, the share of U.S. electricity fueled by coal is expected to slowly begin growing when compared to the same period last year. In contrast, the share of generation from natural gas is expected to experience year-over-year declines. Based on expected temperatures and market conditions, coal is expected to surpass natural gas as the most common electricity generating fuel in December, January, and February.
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What’s at Stake: The ‘Clean Power’ Plan and what will be left of our Constitution if the EPA’s plan survives
If the Constitution’s federalism is to endure, the Clean Power Plan must be struck down.
Here is another article that looks at the true costs of generating electricity from wind. As I have noted in many previous Coalblog posts, we consistently hear how wind generation has achieved “cost parity” with fossil fuels. However, a closer look at the actual costs involved reveal a much different story, with wind power coming in at an estimated $149 / MWh.
Over the past 35 years, wind energy – which supplied just 4.4% of US electricity in 2014 – has received US$30 billion in federal subsidies and grants. These subsidies shield people from the uncomfortable truth of just how much wind power actually costs and transfer money from average taxpayers to wealthy wind farm owners, many of which are units of foreign companies. …
Steve Goreham’s recent article on theHill.com will be an eye-opener for those not familiar with the pressures being placed on our electrical grid.
Last winter, bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the U.S. electrical system―and the system almost broke. On January 7 in the midst of the polar vortex, PJM Interconnection, the Regional Transmission Organization serving the heart of America from New Jersey to Illinois, experienced a new all-time peak winter load of almost 142,000 megawatts.
Admin note: This article looks at the recent (and significant) jump in coal-fueled generation. It was originally published on GenerationHub.com and is reprinted with permission.
By Wayne Barber
Nationally, coal-fired generation was up 8.9% in January 2013 compared to January 2012 levels, according to data from Genscape.
A number of industry observers have said that while coal power sank to its lowest market share it years during 2012, it should do better in 2013. The early Genscape figures appear to lend credence to that theory.
This Chicago Tribune article is joining in the growing chorus of media outlets that are finally reporting on the expected economic impacts of strict new environmental regulations.
Illinois residents will soon be encountering electricity rate increases of as much as 60% as pressure from green groups and EPA regulators begin to force the closure of low-cost, reliable coal-fueled plants around the state.
A recent energybiz.com article describes the energy industry’s year in 2010. Short version, coal boomed and renewables had serious setbacks. 2010 numbers turned 2009 numbers on their head.
The inability of Congress to determine a credible and workable energy policy has left the entire energy industry in a state of flux. The pall cast by world wide economic downturn has hampered renewable generation investment. This has led wind energy proponents in this article to openly admit that their primary means of pushing renewables to the front again are not market-based; they are, 1) subsidies, and 2) legislative and regulatory mandates.