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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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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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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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The Not-So-Dormant Commerce Clause and Coal-Based Electricity

By Paul M. Seby & Matthew B. Miller

There is no doubt that coal-based electricity is currently faced with enormous challenges—both at the national level, with the flurry of federal regulations aimed at the coal industry, and at the state level, where local governments are experimenting with dramatic changes in their energy policies. In both instances, federal courts at all levels are being called upon to evaluate the lawfulness and constitutionality of these actions. This short article focuses on that latter evaluation—invoking the most enduring of American documents—our U.S. Constitution. In our national charter lies an important mechanism that may provide important protections against efforts by one or more states to greatly experiment with dramatic changes to their energy-related laws and regulations that have adverse impacts on coal-based electricity or the movement of coal interstate.

12. December 2016 by Terry Headley
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Dems, Greens gear up for fight against Trump EPA Pick

URL: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/309288-dems-greens-gear-up-for-fight-against-trump-epa-pick

The Hill, Devin Henry, 12/7/2016

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity said it was “pleased” with Pruitt.

“General Pruitt will be a strong advocate for sensible policies that are good for our environment, as well as mindful of the need for affordable and reliable electricity,” Paul Bailey, the group’s senior vice president for policy, said.

Trump will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the agency down what is set to be a road of roll-backs and deregulation. Pruitt has been a frequent litigant against Obama administration climate rules, and both he and Trump have questioned the science of climate change.

10. December 2016 by Terry Headley
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Don’t call it a comeback: Regulatory relief matters

URL: http://www.energyxxi.org/trump-and-coal-dont-call-it-comeback-regulatory-relief-matters-immensely

Institute for 21st Century Energy (US Chamber of Commerce), N/A, 12/2/2016

Among the countless issues and story lines that drove the historic 2016 presidential election, few if any drew a more striking contrast than the Trump and Clinton campaigns’ respective approach to energy policy, and coal in particular.

Mrs. Clinton promised to continue President Obama’s aggressive regulatory agenda that has devastated coal, and sparked the wrath of Appalachia with her promise/gaffe to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

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10. December 2016 by Terry Headley
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Development Groups: More Coal Plants will not end Energy Poverty

By Joshua Learn
S&P Global Intelligence (October 2016)

Coal-fired generation is not the answer for fighting energy poverty, according to a new position paper from international development organizations.

The paper, “Beyond Coal,” released by the Overseas Development Institute and a consortium of other international groups focused on fighting poverty, among other things, disputed claims by the fossil fuel industry that coal should play a central role in efforts to eliminate extreme poverty and improve access to energy for billions of people in developing countries.

01. November 2016 by Terry Headley
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Are wind turbines killing whales?

Environmentalists say navy sonar hurts whales, but ignore impacts of offshore wind farms

by: Paul Driessen and Mark Duchamp

Between January 9 and February 4 this year, 29 sperm whales got stranded and died on English, German and Dutch beaches. Environmentalists and the news media offered multiple explanations – except the most obvious and likely one: offshore wind farms.

Location of major UK wind farms and projects

Location of major UK wind farms and projects

Indeed, that area has the world’s biggest concentration of offshore wind turbines, and there is ample evidence that their acoustic pollution can interfere with whale communication and navigation.

03. April 2016 by Jason Hayes
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Fact Check: Missoulian – “New solar jobs far outpace coal”

A March 28, 2016 Missoulian article titled, “GEORGE OCHENSKI: New solar jobs far outpace coal” recently caught my attention as the author goes to great lengths to disparage coal-fueled electricity and to compare the relative competitive capabilities of coal vs. solar, the construction of new solar generation capacity, and the job-producing abilities of the coal and solar industries.

Since the author opened up the door on comparing the two industries, it is worthwhile to walk through that door and comment on a few of his claims in the article.

02. April 2016 by Jason Hayes
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