Archive for September, 2010

From the Field: Economic, Energy and Environmental Security from CCT (in Pictures)

Our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. campaign has hit 12 states, greeting thousands of people at baseball games, diners, college campuses and power plant sites. While we’ve met folks from all walks of life, we’ve continued to reinforce our message of the “3 E’s” of clean coal technology: economic security, energy security and environmental security.

Instead of just telling you about the 3 E’s, we wanted to show you through pictures our field teams took over the past couple weeks:

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Two weeks ago, one of the field teams visited Liverpool, Ohio and the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, where they presented the board with collateral from our campaign and some materials about how clean coal technology would benefit their economy. What would more investments in clean coal technology mean for the state of Ohio? Over 2,200 jobs every year and $305 million to Ohio’s economy annually. Add to that the fact that American taxpayers see $13 in benefits for every $1 the government invests in these efforts, and there can be no doubt that clean coal technology can provide economic security to America, especially during these times of economic downturn.

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Last week, one of our field teams visited Pittsburgh to take part in a “Rally for Coal” organized by Consol Energy, an ACCCE member company. You can see that members of our crowd were jazzed about clean coal technology. As the sign above points out, coal-based electricity is a domestic, abundant and affordable source of energy. In fact, the United States has more coal than any other fuel, with large coal deposits in 38 states. With clean coal technologies, we can increase our energy security by using a reliable, domestic source of energy.

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Last week, one of our mobile classrooms was at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, where over 250 people toured the classroom on Friday alone. Several students came through the classroom, as well as parents with their children. We know that many parents are worried about the kind of environment that their children and grandchildren will inherit. But as seen in the picture above, it’s clean coal technology that will be part of a large set of solutions that will leave a better environment for generations to come as we move towards a clean energy future. In fact, the environmental footprint of coal-based electricity has been significantly reduced over the past four decades, even with rising population and economic growth.

To learn more about where the Clean Coal Technology. It Works. mobile classrooms are, go to http://www.cleancoaltechnologyworks.org.


Check Out the “Clean Coal Technology. It Works.” Mobile Classroom

They’re here! The Clean Coal Technology. It Works. campaign’s two state-of-the-art mobile classrooms are rolling out and are on the road coming to a town near you soon. We’ve packed each with tons of interactive material that explain the history and future of clean coal technologies happening right here in the U.S.

Our second mobile classroom team is already wowing West Virginians, stopping by Beckley, W.V. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus, dropped by to see what clean coal technologies have done and will do in the future. Rahall and our team discussed how coal is vital to employment in West Virginia and makes electricity more affordable for the state’s working families.

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After touring the classroom, Rep. Rahall said, “I am proud to represent coal which keeps the lights on in this country. It works.”

The first mobile classroom team joined up with Field Team 6 in Delaware County, OH, showing young students how clean coal technologies work:

We’ll be updating you over the next month on where the mobile classrooms have stopped and the exciting things they’re teaching everyone. To learn more about advanced clean coal technologies at work today, watch this video from Clean Skies Network which profiled American Electric Power’s Mountaineer Plant in West Virginia, where they’re testing a large-scale carbon capture and storage program.

To check up on where the mobile classrooms are stopped today, head to www.cleancoaltechnologyworks.org.


From the Field: Clean Coal Technology Means Help for Small Businesses, More Innovation in Ohio

Clean coal technology isn’t only about jobs, it’s also about helping small businesses run on affordable, reliable electricity. Team 6 from our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. campaign visited with Larry Morrison, owner of Buckeye Winery in Newark, Ohio.

Larry told them about how clean coal technology is helping his bottom line by keeping electricity prices low:

Last week, Team 3 met with David Bayless, director of the Ohio Coal Research Center at Ohio University. In the following video, David discusses why coal must be part of our nation’s energy portfolio and why clean coal technology is the best path to using one of our most abundant resources:

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CCT On Campus: Field Teams Reach Out To Virginia Students

CCTonCampus Our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. campaign hasn’t only been hitting up town squares, parades and political events. We’ve also been reaching out to students on college campuses across the nation to talk about the importance of clean coal technology research projects in or around their universities.

First, here’s a video report from Team 3, and their visit to the University of Virginia at Wise and the Virginia Mining Association:

And here’s a compilation of Team 5’s visit to James Madison University in Harrisonburg:

To see what clean coal technology research projects there might be at colleges and universities near you, check out this map and click on your state.


Introducing Mark Dunkerley, CCS Project Manager for CONSOL Energy

Last week, we introduced you to Dan Connell, an engineer for CONSOL Energy’s research facilities in Pittsburgh, and the latest advancements in carbon capture and storage he’s been working on. Today, we want to introduce you to his co-worker, Mark Dunkerley, pilot plant manager at CONSOL Energy’s research and development department.

Mark’s job is to oversee the testing of advanced clean coal technologies to reduce not only traditional pollutants, but to capture CO2 and develop innovative ways to put those emissions to good use. In this two-minute video, Mark explains the type of technology he’s working on and the success he’s had with an algae reactor that uses the CO2 emissions to create other fuels like biodiesel:

You might see Mark on your television soon, explaining that his passion for his work is not mutually exclusive with his passion for the environment:


The Coal Wire: Spreading the Word on, and Making Investments in CCT

 

 

TheCoalWire Our
Clean Coal Technology. It
Works.
field teams are have been sending in dispatches
from around
the country
, reporting on the people they’ve met and the stories they’ve
heard. On Twitter and Facebook we’ve been getting
great feedback from people who’ve seen our teams in their town, and hometown
reporters have also taken notice:

 

Colorado
Energy News
$91 Million In Stimulus Grants Go To Three Colorado Companies
For Clean Coal Research (9/8)
: “Six teams with [ACCCE] plan to visit with
communities in 12 states, with the tour intended to promote clean coal
technology projects within the states and how coal is an abundant, domestic
fuel source in supplying reliable and affordable electricity. Supporters say
clean coal technology can reduce air emissions from coal-fueled plants. And a
study put forth by the coal coalition showed that the technology would create
or support significant job growth in more than 30 states.”

 

Kansas’ Hays Daily NewsBlue
Shirts Spread Word About Clean Coal (9/10)
: “You couldn’t
miss them, driving a bright blue van with four blue-shirted men inside. The
four, all part of a town hall — of sorts — blitz covering much of the state
and the nation, were in Hays on Wednesday to spread the word about clean coal
technology for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity … Bearing
iPads, Dapp and Howard used graphics to show where research has been conducted,
including a $5.8 million carbon sequestration study at Sunflower’s Holcomb
plant.” 

 

Missouri’s St.
Joseph News-Press Now
Clean Coal Advocates Tour Region (9/8): “Representatives
from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity stopped in St. Joseph
Tuesday to talk about alternative energy. ‘We want to educate people of the
advantages of clean coal technology and how to have a comprehensive energy
plan,’ said Scott Howard with the coal advocacy group. Six teams with the
organization plan to visit with communities in 12 states during the course of a
month. The team visiting St. Joseph began its quest Sept. 1 with stops at
festivals and events throughout Missouri and as far south as Texas and west to
Colorado.”

 

Part
of what we’re sharing with people is the fact that the private and public
sectors are coming together to make significant investments in advanced clean
coal technologies that can keep one of America’s most abundant energy sources
as part of this country’s clean energy future:

 

Charleston Daily Mail
Chu Says Coal Still Vital (9/8): “U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said
Wednesday he’s sure the nation can develop ways to continue burning coal and
boost the economy in the process. Chu sought to reassure an audience of miners,
industry executives and students that coal remains vital to the nation’s
economy and supported by the Obama administration. Carbon capture and storage
represents a multitrillion dollar market, but Chu warned that the country must
make the technology commercially available to avoid harming the environment.”

 

The
Associated Press
DOE Giving $575 Million in Carbon Capture Grants (9/8): “The Energy
Department said Tuesday it was awarding $575 million for carbon capture
research-and-development projects in 15 states. The experimental technique
involves storing carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants and other sources
underground, in an attempt to reduce pollution blamed for contributing to
global warming. ‘This is a major step forward in the fight to reduce carbon
emissions from industrial plants,’ said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. ‘These new
technologies will not only help fight climate change, they will create jobs now
and help position the United States to lead the world in clean coal
technologies, which will only increase in demand in the years ahead.’”

 

WBOY
NBC-12 Clarksburg, WV
WVU Leads International Coal Research Consortium
(9/7)
: “West
Virginia University is leading a new international effort to cut down carbon
emissions in both the United States and China. The federal Department of Energy
announced the new U.S- China Clean Advanced Coal Technology Consortium Aug. 2,
and put WVU in the lead of three other universities and two private sector groups
working on ways to cut down on carbon emissions from coal.”

 


Top 5 Things Your Congressman Needs to Know About Clean Coal Technology

Congress is back in session today. After a long recess, energy is expected to be a hot topic of discussion and action on Capitol Hill. And it is important for lawmakers to know why clean coal technologies are a critical component to America’s clean energy future.

Here are five things you can tell your member of Congress about the economic, energy and environmental benefits of clean coal technologies:

1. Investments In Clean Coal Technologies Would Create Or Support More Than 150,000 American Jobs Across More Than 30 States: Recent state-by-state studies done for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) by BBC Research and Consulting provide a detailed analysis of the economy and employment benefits of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vitally important of the suite of clean coal technologies available. The findings demonstrate that the next generation of advanced clean coal technologies – those that capture and safely store carbon dioxide – would create high-skilled, high-wage American jobs.

2. The Environmental Footprint of Coal-Based Electricity has been Significantly Reduced over the Past Four Decades: Since 1970, emissions of sulfur dioxide have been reduced overall by 37%, nitrogen oxides by 12.9%, and particulate matter by 88.5%, even as the use of coal to generate electricity to meet growing energy demand nearly tripled. Continued development of clean coal technologies will only enhance our ability to reduce emissions. Investment into more research and development of clean coal technologies, as described above, stands to lower even further the footprint of coal-generated electricity.

3. American Taxpayers See $13 in Benefits for Every $1 Government Invests in Clean Coal Technologies: As has been the case for several decades, a private-public sector funding partnership will help to accelerate the development of these new technologies to the benefit of consumers, taxpayers, jobs and the environment. According to a study released by Management Information Services, Inc. and ACCCE, American taxpayers see a quick and significant return on federal investment in clean coal technologies — enjoying $13 in benefits for every dollar the government invests.

4. Coal is One of America’s Most Abundant Fuel Sources, and CCT Allows us to Increase Our Energy Security while Moving Toward a Clean Energy Future. The United States has more coal than any other fuel. A quarter of all of the known coal in the entire world is here in America, and large coal deposits can be found in 38 states. At the current rate of consumption, we are capable of meeting domestic demand for more than 200 years. And with clean coal technologies, we can use a reliable, domestic source of energy while moving towards a clean energy future.

5. Clean Coal Technology Investments have Brought Democrats and Republicans Together. President Obama and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell both agree that investments in clean coal technology are critical for our economy. Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and George Voinovich (R-OH) came together to sponsor a bipartisan carbon capture and storage deployment bill. And three Republican Congressmen joined three Democrats to form the Congressional Coal Caucus to highlight and support clean coal technologies.

To learn more about clean coal technologies, listen to Dan Connell, a CCS engineer for Consol Energy, as he explains how advanced clean coal technologies are already at use today.


From the Field: Greeting President Obama in Ohio & Discussing CCS with Sec. Chu in West Virginia

Here’s a summary of a great day from two of the Clean Coal Technology. It Works. field teams. First, a presidential update from Dan Lipner, captain of Team 4.

After spending some time talking with folks in Cleveland about clean coal technology, we went to Cuyahoga Community College for President Obama’s speech on the economy. While we weren’t able to see the President’s address, we were able to stand at the entrance to the college to greet him and his entourage. Here’s Scott Barker, project coordinator, talking about our appearance at Cuyahoga Community College:

Scott is right: clean coal technology means jobs. Investments in advanced clean coal technologies would create over 2,200 jobs in the state of Ohio alone and over 150,000 jobs across more than 30 states. That’s why both Republicans and Democrats agree that clean coal technology can bring job growth, economic prosperity and renewed innovation to America.

Dan and his team weren’t the only ones who visited with high level officials. Check out this update from Christopher Stio, captain of Team 3.

Our first stop of the day was at the Charleston, West Virginia Vandalia Rotary Club’s weekly breakfast meeting. We met the city manager of Charleston, David Molgaard, who volunteered to pose for a picture with one of our shirts.

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We then headed to the University of Charleston to attend a forum on The Future of Coal & CCS with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Chu remarked that “we are looking to CCS to be game changing technology and industry and government must work together for innovation.” Rockefeller argued that coal is “a treasure for our state. Coal can be our state’s future because you can count on coal when you need it.”

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