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Sen. RP Casey: EPA policy shouldn’t burden ratepayers

Good comments from Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on pending EPA regulations.

“We should try to achieve an EPA policy as it relates to Pennsylvania as well as other states that doesn’t put that kind of burden on ratepayers.”

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03. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA Clean Power Plan called “Irrational, Illegal”

The West Virginia Coal Association described its comments on the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan today. Among the comments, was the following warning about how the CPP will necessarily impact the affordability and reliability of our nation’s electricity generation system.

“President Obama is mandating a move away from low cost, coal-fired electricity to more expensive alternatives for an initiative that will have little to no impact on global climate change,” Raney said.  “When you take into account that more than 400 electric generating units across the country are slated for closure or transition to alternative fuels in the coming years, these rules also severely threaten the stability of America’s power grid.”

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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SCOTUS to review MATS

EPA Power Plant Mercury Rule Gets U.S. Supreme Court Review” … “High court review of the rule threatens to stop a legal winning streak for EPA air-pollution regulations.”

More on this pending case at WSJ

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28. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA Chief confident

There was an interesting article published in The Hill yesterday, which quotes EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy on the issue of election-based changes in the Senate. Her comments indicate an overweening sense of confidence that public and presidential support will be more than sufficient to stop any attempts to limit EPA actions by the newly elected Republican majority in the Senate and the returning majority in the House.

18. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Solar supporters are missing the most basic fact

Lance Brown at PACE has posted a good article that dissects the arguments of those who claim solar energy isn’t getting a fair shake. Lance points directly to the primary reason that solar still has troubles competing with baseload energy sources like coal, gas, and nuclear – cost.

Here is Lance’s article reprinted with permission from the PACE blog.

What happens when the merits of an argument fail? Change the subject. Blame someone. Or simply deflect attention from the possibility that maybe your approach isn’t the best one out there.

24. July 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Another photoshopped image of “carbon pollution”

I recently received an email that pointed to a Financial Post article on the EPA’s latest GHG emissions rule. At the top of the linked article was another one of these badly photoshopped images that attempt to portray power plant emissions in a terrifying light.

The caption for the photo read, “Power plants are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., accounting for about a third of the annual emissions that make the U.S. the second largest contributor to global warming on the planet.” The photo was titled “carbonemissions.jpg.”

Take a look at the picture and judge for yourself.

18. July 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Coal Market Strategies – Policy, Environment, & Technology

Have you registered for the 2014 Coal Market Strategies Conference in Park City, Utah on August 11 – 13?

Coal Market Strategies

During our two-day program, Session III presenters will focus on Policy, the Environment, and Technology.

  • Politics & Policy in 2014 – Prognostications on Mid-term Elections: We will examine the critical factors and races influencing House and Senate majorities. Will the Senate shift, and what’s in it for coal if it does? We will focus on key coal / energy state races, and how Democrats may fare amidst concerns over the ACA rollout and administration/EPA actions to address climate. Plus we’ll take a look ahead to 2016.
    Speaker: Stefan L.B. Bailey, Director, Prime Policy Group 

18. July 2014 by Jason Hayes
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2014 Coal Market Strategies – Domestic Development Session

Coal Market Strategies

Have you registered for the 2014 Coal Market Strategies Conference in Park City, Utah on August 11 – 13?

During our two-day program, Session I presenters will focus on Domestic Developments.

Coal / Gas Dynamics and Market Implications 2014 and Beyond:

  • What are the domestic coal market implications from the winter’s increased demand and the need for stockpile rebuilding?
  • What are the impacts of changing natural gas demand, supply, storage replenishment, and infrastructure issues on coal markets?

Speaker: Anthony Sweet, Senior Energy Analyst, Bentek Energy, a unit of Platts

Norfolk Southern – Carrying Coal and Optimizing Opportunity:

10. July 2014 by Jason Hayes
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“I’m scared to death for our country”

Roberty Murray, Chairman and CEO of Murray Energy took part in a eye-opening interview on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business.

He didn’t hold back for a second, saying that the impending EPA regulations were a “total and dangerous takeover” of the nation’s electricity system. He charged that the current administration’s actions were “illegal” and “unachievable.” He further argued that EPA regulations were “destroying” low cost electricity, American markets and our nation’s competitive position. He stated clearly that he was “scared to death for our country.”

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20. June 2014 by Jason Hayes
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January ’14 cold pushes retiring plant capacity above 50%

Jan 2014 capacity factors (Source: Coal Age / SNL)

Jan 2014 capacity factors (Source: Coal Age / SNL)

We have been saying this for some time now, EPA regulations that are forcing so many #coal plants to close will place real people in danger. Most of the plants slated for retirement over the next few years were needed to keep lights, heat, and power on during the ‘polar vortex’ this year.

16. June 2014 by Jason Hayes
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