Archive for October, 2010

Photos from the Field: Mobile Classrooms Finish Tour in Indianapolis

For the past two months, our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. teams have been sending back their stories from all over U.S., telling how Americans in towns big and small rely on affordable coal-based electricity. Our mobile classrooms made their very last stop for the summer at the State Capitol in Indianapolis, Indiana recently. Ed Chen, captain of Mobile Classroom #1, posted some pictures via Twitter during their visit last week.


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Local elected officials like State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) stopped by to see the model IGCC plant inside one of the mobile classrooms.

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Members of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ (R-IN) cabinet and staff visited Mobile Classroom team members to talk about jobs that could come from investment into clean coal technologies. They talked to Indiana Labor Commissioner Lori Torres (on the right) …

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… as well as Indiana Energy Director Brandon Seitz (on the left).

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Investing in clean coal technologies can create over 5,700 jobs in Indiana, and can help America started on the path towards a cleaner energy future. For more information on how many jobs can be created in your state through clean coal investments, click here.

Our teams had a great time meeting and educating people about the history and future of clean coal technology. Watch this space and follow America’s Power on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with how you can ensure a domestic, reliable energy source for America’s future.


Economic Study Outlines Benefits Of Holcomb Expansion Project: Energy Compromise Will Generate $40 Million In Annual Tax Revenue, $6 Million Payroll

MANHATTAN, Kan. (Oct. 25, 2010) – A report conducted by economists from Kansas State University and commissioned by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) shows annual economic activity of nearly $350 million, with more than $40 million in state tax revenue upon completion of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation’s new 895 megawatt coal-fueled unit to be built in Finney County, Kansas.

“The Holcomb Expansion Project will enable Sunflower to continue to provide low-cost electricity to Kansas families and businesses for decades to come, while generating hundreds of millions in tax revenue over the life of the plant,” said Steve Miller, ACCCE president and chief executive officer.

In 2009, Gov. Mark Parkinson signed into law a comprehensive energy policy to strengthen the state’s economy while protecting its environment.  The legislation promotes renewable energy development, establishes regulatory certainty so businesses can invest with confidence and supports the development of safe, responsible power generation facilities.  Key to this agreement is the compromise that allowed Sunflower to resume the permitting process to expand Holcomb station in southwest Kansas.

Construction of the Holcomb expansion project will generate nearly $2 billion in total economic activity and support an estimated 5,900 job-years throughout the state, paying $250 million in labor income.  Peak construction employment will reach nearly 1,900 jobs, and upon completion in 2016, the unit will generate 88 permanent jobs with a yearly payroll of more than $6 million.

“We appreciate the work done on this study that substantiates what we have always said:  the Holcomb expansion project will have a tremendous impact on the Kansas economy-impact that will be felt not only in southwest Kansas but statewide,” said Earl Watkins, Sunflower president and CEO.  “At a time of economic downturn, this project will provide not only affordable energy, but jobs and tax revenue as well, all of which Kansans desperately need.”

The Holcomb expansion project will be among the cleanest power plants of its kind, using the best available technology to reduce the emission of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.  In addition, the use of supercritical steam temperatures and pressures will achieve energy efficiencies resulting in an estimated 8 percent reduction in carbon dioxide released per unit of energy produced, as compared to the current generation of pulverized coal power plants.

The study was commissioned by ACCCE and was conducted by Dr. John Leatherman, Ph.D. and Dr. Bill Golden, Ph.D., both of K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics.  A non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, ACCCE commissioned the study to reinforce the economic benefits of previous analyses and projections by industry officials.

See the full study here.


Test Your Energy IQ

We’re right in the middle of National Energy Awareness Month! Have you taken a minute to find out where your electricity comes from?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has a lot of great information on energy production and consumption in the U.S., and be sure to visit their Energy Kids section for energy riddles and other activities.

And once you’ve taken a look around there, test your new knowledge with our quiz on coal-based electricity:


The Global Need For CCT & Coal-Based Electricity

We’re in the third week of National Energy Awareness Month, and our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. campaign is coming to a close. Throughout this campaign, we’ve emphasized the importance of clean coal technologies and their contribution to America’s economic, energy and environmental security.

But the nexus of economic, energy and environmental security is also a global issue. And as Peabody Energy Chairman and CEO Greg Boyce said late last month, coal is an abundant energy source that can be relied upon to meet the world’s energy needs:

Study after study – and pure common sense – tell us that access to electricity helps people live longer and better … Every tenfold increase in electricity is linked to a stunning 10-year increase in lifespans … Coal is the only sustainable fuel with the scale to meet the primary energy needs of the world’s rising populations and economies.

What Boyce is describing is the difference between what is needed for baseload power vs. peaking power. Renewable sources of energy like solar and wind can contribute to ‘peaking power’ for intermittent power resources, but they cannot provide enough for the baseload power that is necessary to keep the electricity grid energized and meet a constant demand. That’s why coal isn’t only a domestically abundant and affordable source of baseload power; it’s also a source for global baseload power.

And with clean coal technologies, we can make sure that the world can use coal in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. History shows that these technologies can work. As the graphic below shows, over the past four decades the coal-based electricity industry has used clean coal technologies to reduce six different pollutants by 60 percent even with rising population, electricity use and economic growth:

ACCCE graph

Click here for more information on clean coal technology projects in your area.


CCT on Campus: Teachers for Clean Coal Technology

CCTonCampus In the second week of National Energy Awareness Month, our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. mobile classrooms are continuing their journey across the country, teaching people about the importance of coal-based electricity. But we’ve learned a few things too!  Teachers and professors have dropped by the classrooms, sharing with us their research and experiences with clean coal technologies.

When one of our mobile classrooms stopped by the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA, we caught up with Janet, a science teacher from Virginia, who says that clean coal technologies help Americans have cheap electricity and a balanced energy portfolio for a cleaner energy future:

Just yesterday, that same mobile classroom stopped by Ohio State University. They sat down with Dr. Tarunjit S. Butalia, a research scientist at the university, who says that clean coal technologies can help us use our most abundant energy resource in the most environmentally-friendly way possible:

To learn more about advanced clean coal technologies, click here to meet Dan Connell of Consol Energy who can show you what carbon capture and storage is all about.


Creating Jobs with CCT, from Britain to Indiana

New unemployment numbers that were released this morning show that we still live in uncertain economic times. The question is: how we can best develop our natural resources to increase our energy security, while balancing the need to create jobs and protect our environment?

One answer is investments in clean coal technology, that can create over 150,000 jobs across more than thirty states while serving as part of the foundation for a clean energy economy by significantly reducing emissions. International leaders are recognizing the importance of advanced clean coal technologies like carbon capture and storage that can provide economic, energy and environmental security. That’s why British Prime Minister David Cameron has committed his government to growing his economy with big projects such as CCS.

In a speech earlier this week, Cameron said:

So we are acting to build a more entrepreneurial economy. Tens of thousands of university and apprenticeship places and a new generation of technical schools. A new Green Investment Bank, so the technologies of the future are developed, jobs created and our environment protected. Big infrastructure projects like high speed rail, super-fast broadband, carbon capture and storage.

Back home, our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. mobile classrooms are continuing their tour in America’s heartland. In Indiana, visitors to our mobile classroom explain why coal-based electricity and clean coal technologies are vital to creating jobs and growing our economy:

And those folks are right, because in Indiana, investments in clean coal technologies would create over 5,700 jobs. Plus, our 200-year supply makes coal one of our most abundant energy sources. And at one-third the cost of other fossil fuels, coal-based electricity provides affordable energy to small businesses, allowing them to create more jobs.

To find out how many jobs clean coal technologies can create in your state, click here.


CCT On Campus: The Mobile Classroom Goes To West Virginia University

 

CCTonCampus The
Clean Coal Technology. It
Works.
campaign continues its tours across the nation, with our mobile
classrooms stopping by several university campuses. Earlier this week, Mobile
Classroom #2 visited West Virginia University and their National Research
Center for Coal and Energy.

 

WVU’s
Dean of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Gene Cilento, toured
our classroom and invited the press to see both the history and future of clean
coal technologies:

 


Morgantown
 

 

Cilento
told CBS
59
:

 

“What’s nice about the mobile classroom
is that our students see first-hand what their careers and their career
potential can be, especially in research. … When students go out for
internships or a co-op program, they work for a semester in industry and come
back very different than when they went out,” he said. “They’re more
interested, more excited. This is kind of a mini way of doing that.”

 

We
also caught up with Richard Bajura, Director of the National Research Center
for Coal and Energy at WVU, who talked about the importance of coal-based
electricity to West Virginia:

Indeed, coal-based electricity is very important to West Virginia. Coal provides 96 percent of West
Virginia’s power, helping the state have the 5th-cheapest
electricity in the nation. There are several clean coal
technology research projects
based in West Virginia that makes the state a
leader in developing clean energy technologies. And the good news is that more
investments in clean coal technologies can provide over 10,000
jobs
to the state.

 


The Coal Wire: Advancements in CCS Technologies

 

TheCoalWire National
Energy Awareness Month not only gives us the opportunity to show how
the coal-based electricity industry can contribute to a clean energy economy
.
It also gives us the opportunity to share the latest advancements in carbon
capture and storage technologies.

 

Investments
in CCS technologies have brought the private sector and government together to
enhance our economic, energy and environmental security. A recent
study
shows that investments into clean coal technologies can create
over 150,000 jobs across 30 states. And another
study
shows that taxpayers get $13 in benefits for every $1 that government
invests into CCT. As the U.S. Department of Energy said on their
blog yesterday
:

 

October is National Energy Awareness Month,
and amid anticipations of costumes and candy, this month offers a chance to
talk about our country’s energy security and its clean energy future … Already,
the Recovery Act has made a $90 billion investment in clean energy technologies
from batteries and biofuels to carbon capture and sequestration technologies
and a smarter electrical grid.

 

In
this edition of The Coal Wire, we showcase a few of the latest developments in
CCS technologies, where they’re taking place and how they can be helpful to
reducing emissions while using an affordable, abundant source of energy:

 

Electronic
Component News
Storing Carbon In Rocks May Help Fight Against Climate
Change (10/4)
: “Now
the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Yale University $2 million to
research an alternative approach to storing carbon dioxide called mineral
sequestration — i.e., putting the gas in existing rock below ground. Yale
geochemist Zhengrong Wang will head a large team of scientists from
the Yale Department of
Geology & Geophysics
and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI), which is also
providing additional funding. The team will collaborate with scientists at the
University of Hawaii and University of Maryland to investigate the chemistry
and physics involved in the process.”

 

Green
Wise
Hydrogen Fuel Cells To Be Deployed At ‘Clean Coal’ Power Station
(10/4)
: “Alkaline fuel cells will be deployed
within the next five years at the 900 megawatt (MW) CCS
demonstration site at Hatfield, near Doncaster, with the capacity
to generate 300 MW of electricity, it was announced today. The pioneering move
follows an agreement between Powerfuel Power Ltd, the company developing
the Hatfield CCS plant, AFC Energy, developer of alkaline fuel
cells, and B9 Coal, which has exclusive rights to AFC’s clean
energy technology for above ground and underground gas and coal application.
The partners said the agreement would see them develop fuel cell power stations
in the UK and other territories around the world in the future.”

 

WOWK
Channel 13
[West Virginia] – State’s Energy Future Lies In Burying CO2
(9/30)
: “West
Virginia is like a computer hard drive when it comes to burying carbon
emissions from coal-fired power plants: It has plenty of storage capacity. At
least that’s the view of Richard Bajura, director of the National Research
Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University. Using geologic data
gathered by a host of agencies, he said the state could sequester more than
17.6 billion metric tons of carbon between its oil fields, natural gas fields
and deep coal seams, and that’s not counting the deep saline aquifers that
inflate those figures dramatically.”

 

To
find a CCS technology project in your state, take a look at our clean
coal technology research project map
.