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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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ACC’s Response to EPA’s Proposed Section 111(d) Rule

Editor’s note: This article was originally published to the ACC’s online magazine website (www.acclive.com) in June, 2014. It has been moved to the Coalblog as part of our redesign of our online publications.


Restricting the use of coal in the U.S. will be costly and harmful

ACC's Response to EPA's Proposed Section 111(d) RuleThe administration’s latest move to force carbon dioxide (CO2) restrictions on existing electric generating plants is another unfortunate chapter in the push to restrict the use of coal in America. At the rollout of the proposed rule, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy dismissed critics concerned about the rule’s high costs and threats to electric grid reliability with a simple, “They’re wrong.”[i] However, numerous economic and energy experts have demonstrated the detrimental impacts of policies aimed at reducing coal use. For example, a recent IHS study for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce predicts that EPA CO2 rules will cause the loss of 224,000 jobs annually, increase electricity costs by $289 billion, and lower household incomes by over $500 billion. [ii]

12. 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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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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Weekly coal deliveries up

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Via Platts,

Weekly coal carloads originated by US railroads jumped 4.6% on a year-over-year basis in the week ended May 24, as both BNSF Railway and CSX showed strong gains in weekly coal deliveries, according to data from the Association of American Railroad released Thursday.

AAR said Thursday that US railroads originated 112,672 carloads for the week, up 1.9% from the prior week. The increase also halted an eight-week slide in weekly volumes.

30. May 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Dem Senators plead with President to reassess EPA GHG regs

To steal a partially-edited line from Vice President Biden, “this is a big freaking* deal”. (*This is a family-friendly blog.)

Of course you’re going to ask, “What’s such a big deal???”

Well, seven Democratic Senators sent a letter to President Obama yesterday (May 21st), pleading with him to rethink his administration’s regulatory attacks on the coal industry. These seven senators broke through party lines to express their “deep concerns” over the EPA’s CO2 regulations and to politely confront the President with some basic facts about coal. In their letter, they described the value of coal to our country and economy,

22. May 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Rockefeller bill promotes carbon capture

A new post on the PACE, EnergyFairness blog discusses Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s new bill that will promote and expand enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture.

Last week, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced a bill that would expand enhanced oil recovery with carbon dioxide (CO2-EOR) captured from working power plants. The Expanding Carbon Capture through Enhanced Oil Recovery Act of 2014 would expand and reform tax incentives for carbon sequestration. Industry experts believe these new incentives would result in a significant increase in oil production in the U.S. The bill has diverse support throughout the Senate.

15. May 2014 by Jason Hayes
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ACC CEO discusses MATS rule

ACC CEO Betsy Monseu was quoted in a recent FoxNews.com article on the EPA’s impending Mercury and Air Toxics Rule (MATS).

EPA’s MATS rules, which go into effect in January 2016, will devastate coal production in America and force many older power plants to close because the cost of retrofitting them will be too high.

Combined with other EPA policies and regulations, Betsy Monseu, CEO of the American Coal Council said, “Starting in about 2012 and continuing to 2020, we’ll have about 60 gigawatts of coal-fired generation coming off-line…and the majority of that will come off in regard to the implementation of MATS in 2015 and 2016.”

12. 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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