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ACC Statement on Impending Withdrawal of EPA’s Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC, October 9, 2017– The American Coal Council welcomes the announcement by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that he plans to sign a proposed rule on Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan” previously issued under the Obama administration.  Pruitt made the announcement today while visiting coal country in Hazard, Kentucky. He also once again took the opportunity to declare an end to the war on coal.

09. October 2017 by Terry Headley
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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 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.

https://about.bnef.com/blog/eu-power-generators-warn-plan-to-cut-use-of-coal-may-backfire/

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28. September 2017 by Terry Headley
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US DOE to grant $36m for carbon capture research projects

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Energy Business Review                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

28. September 2017 by Terry Headley
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Trump’s Appointments to TVA Board Include former Armstrong Coal Executive

New York (September 19, 2017) President Trump has announced his picks to fill out the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors. The slate includes a coal executive and a leader at Oak Ridge National Lab.

The one nominee from Tennessee is Jeff Smith, who gets praise from both of the state’s senators. Smith was deputy director of operations at Oak Ridge. Republicans Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker say they still need to get to know the other nominees.

28. September 2017 by Terry Headley
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American Coal Council Statement on DOE Report on Electric Markets and Reliability

WASHINGTON, DC  (August 24, 2017) – The Department of Energy staff report to Secretary Rick Perry provides a comprehensive view of the evolution and current status of the U.S. electricity marketplace and offers some important policy considerations to support grid operations in the future.

The report points to the Polar Vortex as demonstrating “the critical need for improved system resilience”. While finding that electricity markets now recognize and provide for reliability, more work is needed to recognize and compensate for resilience, including resources with fuel assurance.

Coal is a key fuel resource, and the ability to store it onsite at a power plant is an important attribute.

24. August 2017 by Terry Headley
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America’s Next Energy Crisis

By Charles McConnell

Forbes

Some disasters arise unexpectedly, like an earthquake or massive storm. Others seem inevitable. Who didn’t see the 2008 financial crisis coming?

In hindsight, most of us.

In reality, most crises that seem inevitable after the fact often catch nearly all of us by surprise when they occur. The factors were obvious enough, but few people saw them coming together.

There’s a potential crisis that will seem predictable, after the fact. It’s better to take thoughtful consideration and positive action now and not say “I told you so” later.

03. August 2017 by Terry Headley
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New Climate “Hero” China Building Hundreds of Coal Plants

By William F. Jasper                                       

The New American

The People’s Republic of China, the undisputed Pollution King of the world, is ramping up its production of coal-fired power plants — not only in China, but in dozens of other countries as well.

But, strangely, China remains the new darling of the climate-change alarm choir. The communist regime, which is notorious for pumping colossal volumes of deadly toxins into the air, water, and land, is being celebrated as the new global environmental champion.

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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Clean coal has hit a speedbump, but it remains essential

By William F. Shughart II 

Washington Examiner                                                                                                                    

The Kemper County, Miss., power plant, once heralded as the future of clean coal, has become the poster child for its struggles.

Over-budget and mired in technical problems, the Southern Company, Kemper’s builder, recently announced that it’s giving up on the plant’s advanced coal-gasification systems. Instead, the plant will be powered solely by natural gas.

Renewable energy advocates and climate hawks had been expecting the announcement for months and reacted with predictable derision and high-fiving. But their gloating is foolish.

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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Coal projected to be US’ top generating fuel in 2017: EIA

Houston (Platts)– Coal is projected to provide the majority of US power generation in 2017, retaking the crown from natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s monthly Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday. The agency projects coal will fuel 31.3% of the US’ electricity in 2017 compared with 31.1% for gas.
In 2016, gas surpassed coal as the nation’s primary fuel for the first time, totaling 33.8% of generation compared with 30.4% for coal. The agency has projected gas to be the top fuel in 2017 in most of their reports so far this year, including June’s edition, but increasing gas prices as well as higher hydro generation have pushed gas below coal for the first time.

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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Whitewashing the Impact of Regulations on Coal

By Dan Byers

US Chamber of Commerce

The War on Coal is well and truly over, but a peculiar debate over its impact lingers on. Revisionist history is central to this debate, with some folks now suggesting that the coal industry was never in a two-front struggle against both a regulatory onslaught and cheap natural gas. Instead, they argue, it was a one-front war against natural gas all along. President Obama may have marshalled his regulatory agencies for battle, but who knew they were firing blanks?

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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