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The 100 Percent Renewable Dream: A Problem of Physics and Scale

The drumbeat of press about the declining costs of installing wind and solar generators has led most of the public and our policy-makers to believe that an energy transition from fossil fuels to wind and solar is just around the corner. However, this belief overlooks the fundamental physical limitations of producing electricity from wind and solar. There is a wide gulf between using wind and solar energy for marginal electricity production, as we are doing now in many places, and relying on it for the majority of our electricity.

In this piece, we will elaborate on the two biggest challenges of generating electricity from wind and solar – energy storage and energy density – and explain why making the energy transition a reality is not just a problem of technology but primarily one of physics and scale. Continue reading

11. January 2021 by Betsy Monseu
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Clean coal is essential to America | U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette

In March of this year, as COVID-19 began its upward climb, the State of Pennsylvania chose to include coal mining among its “essential” activities. This decision presumably didn’t sit well with those wanting to ban coal altogether due to environmental … Continue reading

06. July 2020 by ACC
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Building Prosperity with Coal in the 21st Century

By Paul Baruya and Stephanie Metzger, IEA Clean Coal Centre In an increasingly carbon-constrained world, it is easy to overlook the positive contributions that modern coal activities make to today’s society. This is predominantly the case in the developing world, … Continue reading

06. July 2020 by ACC
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US FERC Commissioner McNamee won’t seek new term, adding pressure for nominations

Washington — US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Bernard McNamee will not seek another term after his expires at the end of June, potentially adding pressure on the White House to advance more nominees to maintain a quorum and a Republican … Continue reading

26. January 2020 by ACC
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EU Power Generators Warn Plan to Cut Use of Coal May Backfire

STAFF REPORTS Bloomberg 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 … Continue reading

28. September 2017 by ACC
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These 5 EPA regulations could be the first in Trump’s crosshairs

URL: http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/04/pres-trump-could-blow-up-these-5-epa-regs/ 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 … Continue reading

10. December 2016 by ACC
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Pruitt Will Support Coal Jobs

URL: http://www.4-traders.com/news/Daines-Pruitt-Will-Support-Coal-Jobs–23518297/ 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 … Continue reading

10. December 2016 by ACC
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Coal may surpass natural gas as most common electricity generation fuel this winter

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, November 2016 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 … Continue reading

29. November 2016 by ACC
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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

http://www.wsj.com/articles/clean-power-plays-and-the-last-stand-for-federalism-1474841482 After Congress turned down President Obama’s request to enact a law regulating power plants’ greenhouse-gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency turned to the states—not with a request, but with instructions to carry out the president’s energy policy. The EPA’s … Continue reading

27. September 2016 by ACC
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The true cost of wind power

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 … Continue reading

16. April 2015 by Jason Hayes
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