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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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GHG regs are about “leadership” not the environment

It is really time that people woke up to the fact that these extreme new EPA regulations will have no perceptible impact on the environment. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy clearly admitted this fact during her testimony before Congress.

As she clearly stated, the EPA’s anti-coal regulations are not designed to address any of the EPA’s 26 climate change indicators. By Ms. McCarthy’s admission, we will spend $50 billion+ and lose over 200,000 jobs per year for the sole purpose of having the U.S. seen as a “leader in an international discussion” on climate change and carbon dioxide emissions reductions. Nothing more.

13. June 2014 by Jason Hayes
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New York coal proposal proves that energy prices matter

As a comment by Steve Everley on my LinkedIn profile recently noted,

While Cuomo and his team speculate about hypotheticals, people in the real world need affordable energy.

Steve then provided a link to this CapitalNewYork.com article, “A sign of a coal comeback in New York.” The article describes how a proposal to repower the coal-fueled Greenridge power plant in Finger Lakes, NY may provide the state’s power users with some much needed relief from skyrocketing electricity rates. In fact, the far more reasonable prices offered by coal, along with its rapidly improving environmental performance, may bring the number of online coal-fueled generation plants in the state up to five by 2015.

30. May 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA issues final 316(b) Cooling Water Intake Rule

Via Power magazine

Final rules governing cooling water intake structures at 544 U.S. power plants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today furnish facilities with lower cost compliance options than initially proposed to reduce fish impingement.

The final rule issued under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act applies to facilities that each withdraw at least two million gallons per day of cooling water. The national requirements, which will be implemented through National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits “puts implementation analysis in the hands of the permit writers so requirements can be tailored to the particular facility,” the EPA said today.

19. May 2014 by Jason Hayes
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US power grid pushed to the limit

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.

12. May 2014 by Jason Hayes
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