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A German coal binge

Most people just don’t know that Germany, the darling of the European renewables industry, is in the middle of a massive build-up of its coal-fueled generation fleet. Some, as this WSJ author does, might call it a “coal binge.”

Berlin’s “energy revolution” is going great—if you own a coal mine. The German shift to renewable power sources that started in 2000 has brought the green share of German electricity up to around 25%. But the rest of the energy mix has become more heavily concentrated on coal, which now accounts for some 45% of power generation and growing.

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30. September 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Coal country sees what is happending

More and more people are waking up to the reality that the war on coal is just one part of a much larger war. As Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich described in a 2013 American Coal magazine article,

The phrase “war on coal,” however, is highly misleading.

A “war on coal” is in fact “a war on Americans.”

It means Americans in small towns in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, southern Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Wyoming will lose their jobs and see their communities destroyed as casualties in the Obama “war on coal.”

07. August 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Electrify Africa to save lives

Jude Clemente’s June 29, 2014 article on Forbes.com gives an excellent explanation for the value of coal as an energy source. This article focuses specifically on the need to expand the use of coal in the developing world, as doing so will provide billions of people with much needed access to life-saving, affordable, reliable, electricity.

Africa needs more electricity, more coal, more gas, more nuclear, more renewables. The Sub-Saharan region, with a population of 910 million people, uses less electricity per year (145 TWh) than the state of Alabama (155 TWh) with just 4.8 million. There is only enough electricity generated in Sub-Sahara to power one light bulb per person for three hours a day. Over 65% of the population lives without any electricity at all.

30. 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
Categories: carbon, CCT, Climate Change, Education, Energy, Environment, EPA, Marketplace Information, Policy, Power Generation, Regulation, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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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International Insights Session – 2014 Coal Market Strategies

Heads up Coalblog readers! This is the last week to book your room reservation at the discounted rate for the 2014 Coal Market Strategies Conference in Park City, Utah on August 11 – 13!

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During our two-day program, Session II presenters will focus on International Insights highlighting:

  • J-Power’s Portfolio and Coal Plans: Japanese international supply/demand perspective, coal needs for J-Power’s plants in Japan and overseas, coal quality and plant efficiency considerations, and technological development/low-carbon initiatives.
    Speaker: Mr. Nakamura, Executive Managing Officer, J-Power

08. July 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Did you know?

This is one of the best quick, simple, straightforward videos on the benefits of using #coal that I have seen for some time. Thanks to Alpha for putting it together and thanks to Alex Epstein for sending me the link.

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18. 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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EPA GHG regs a “fuel-switching mandate”

“EPA’s new source rule is a de-facto fuel-switching mandate. … As the new source rule is a de-facto fuel-switching mandate, so the existing source rule is a de-facto coal suppression and premature retirement mandate.” – GlobalWarming.org

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13. June 2014 by Jason Hayes
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CURC Advanced Coal Technology Showcase

If you’re in the DC area, be sure to check out the CURC Advanced Coal Technology Showcase: A Pathway to Enhanced Coal Utilization in the U.S.

Event:

CURC Summer 2014 Technology Showcase

Date:

June 12, 2014

Start Time:

10:00 AM

End Time:

5:00 PM

Venue:

Cannon Caucus Room – Cannon House Office Building – Room 345

Details:

Click here for the draft agenda

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06. June 2014 by Jason Hayes
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