As you know, the Factuality Tour recently visited Bay City, Mich., where Consumers Energy’s Karn/Weadock coal plant – and the jobs it provides – has helped the town stay afloat during the recent economic downturn.
Now, a proposed 830-megawatt expansion project has residents excited about the future of Bay City. The expansion, which is planned for a site next to the existing Karn/Weadock plant, could create more than 1,800 jobs during construction and will provide Bay City and local industries with affordable, reliable electricity for the future.
Those jobs – and the other economic benefits that come along with them – are what have local officials, business owners and residents looking toward the future.
Check out our latest video to hear why Michigan State Rep. Jeff Mayes believes the expansion will help secure Michigan’s energy future and listen as William Borch Jr., of Iron Workers Local 25, talks about the importance of the high-quality jobs construction will create. You’ll also learn why the plant is so valuable to local restaurant owner Bruce Filipich and his patrons.
As the people of Bay City make clear, the Karn/Weadock coal plant has helped them stay afloat, even as other parts of Michigan struggle in the face of economic difficulties. They understand the importance of coal-generated electricity to our nation’s economy, and it’s no wonder they are excited for the future.
I just ran across this story in the Dallas Morning News that shows how breakthroughs in clean coal technology can change the opinions of at least some national environmental groups. The story states that an accord reached yesterday between the Environmental Defense Fund and the power company Tenaska will clear some of the opposition to a new West Texas coal plant that promises to capture 85 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions.
According to the report, if the plan comes through, Tenaska’s new Trailblazer Energy Center would be among the first big, commercial-scale coal plants in the US to slash the amount of CO2 being emitted. The plant would also “reduce potential water use.” In exchange for Tenaska’s pledges, the major environmental group “agreed to withdraw from an ongoing Texas permit hearing that seeks to block the 600-megawatt plant.”
Under the pledge, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Tenaska facility “would capture at least 85 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and use a cooling method that could slash water consumption by about 90 percent.” The Environmental Defense Fund described the pledge as “‘the kind of thing we need to solve the problem of global warming’ and might become a ‘role model’ for the U.S.” The Wall Street Journal also reported the story.
Last year as part of our ongoing Factuality Tour, I had a chance to talk with Dr. Greg Kunkel of Tenaska about the project. Check out the video here to see what he had to say about many of the cutting-edge features of the proposed project.
If you’ve visited us on Facebook or listened to President Obama talk about our nation’s energy future, it’s clear there is a lot of support for clean coal technology (CCT). Between the president’s clean coal task force – which plans to bring “5 to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016” – and the every day people who believe coal-generated electricity plays a critical part in keeping energy prices affordable for American families, we’re excited to see the positive momentum building behind CCT.
Of course, there are many easy ways for you to demonstrate your support for CCT and help keep that momentum going.
First of all, follow ACCCE on Twitter. You can also engage other Twitter users talking about energy issues and clear up any misconceptions about clean coal technology and coal-generated electricity. In fact, you can send them to our FAQ page for answers to a variety of coal- and energy-related questions.
Next, join us on Facebook. There you’ll find a growing community of folks who believe coal-generated electricity – and clean coal technology – will play a key role in our world’s energy future. It’s also a great place to keep up with the latest clean coal news and hear what others are saying about energy – and remember, don’t forget to chime in.
You can also check out our Balanced Energy YouTube channel, where you can watch everything from videos of clean coal technology in action to our latest television ads. Plus, if you see something you like you can help spread the word about the benefits of coal-generated electricity by sharing videos with your friends and family.
Evan Tracey Senior Vice President for Communications
Evan is Senior Vice President for Communications, overseeing the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. Tracey has served as president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a Kantar Media company, since he founded the company in 1997. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns. He received a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tracey lives with his wife and 3 children in Virginia.
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Lisa Camooso Miller Vice President
Lisa Camooso Miller is ACCCE's vice president for media relations. She oversees ACCCE's earned media implementation and strategic planning and appears regularly in print, radio and on national television. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been a notable communications leader in public affairs, holding key positions in local, state and federal government, political campaigns and committees, as well as advocacy organizations. She is a native of Wayside, New Jersey, and holds an M.A. in corporate and public communications from Monmouth University, and a B.A. in communications from The College of New Jersey. Lisa and her husband Jason have two children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Bianca Prade Vice President
Bianca Prade is ACCCE's vice president of digital strategy, and leads new and traditional media strategies to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of coal-based electricity. She has more than a decade of communications and marketing experience, launching and maintaining interactive Web content for major corporations, trade associations and government agencies. Bianca lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in interactive communications from American University.
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Steve Gates Director
Steve Gates, as ACCCE’s national communications director, helps direct the industry’s national media campaigns and digital communications efforts. He has more than 15 years of media relations experience in a variety of settings including Capitol Hill press secretary, as well as directing media and outreach programs for international trade associations, the Fortune 200 and federal government programs. Steve lives with his wife, a coal miner’s daughter, and three children in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve graduated with a B.S. in political science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
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