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.
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
“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.”
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.
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
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.
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:
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.”
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.”
Channel 13 [West Virginia] – State’s Energy Future Lies In Burying CO2
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.”
October is National Energy Awareness Month, and at America’s Power, our mission is to increase awareness of the coal-based electricity’s contributions to our economy, our energy security and our environment. President Obama kicked off National Energy Awareness Month in a Presidential Proclamation on Friday, declaring that now is the time to move forward on building a clean energy economy:
Today, countries around the world are competing to create the clean energy economy and jobs of tomorrow, and the country that harnesses the power of clean energy will lead the global economy. As a Nation of scientists and engineers, farmers and entrepreneurs, we must continue to invest in clean, domestic sources of energy, harness the innovation of our brightest minds, promote our world leading industries, and find lasting solutions to our energy challenges.
Carol Browner, President Obama’s assistant for energy and climate change issues, wrote a piece on The White House’s blog, pointing out the clean coal technologies are a part of a broad energy portfolio that can help build a clean energy economy:
While we have made important progress in building a clean energy economy in this country, there is still much more work to be done. We must continue to invest in the wind, solar, biofuels, clean coal and other clean energy technologies as well as energy efficiency to create jobs of the future and compete in the global marketplace.
U.S. Under Secretary for Energy Kristina Johnson … said that to meet the Administration’s greenhouse gas reduction goal, the U.S. will need to improve its energy efficiency, increase its reliance on renewable energy and nuclear power, and invest in on technologies like carbon capture and sequestration.
“Because [the] reality is we have coal, we have natural gas, we have oil, and [they] currently [make up] 85% of our energy mix, so it’s not conceivable [given] how historically long it takes to migrate from one source to another, that we’re going to turn this off overnight.”
America’s Power is leading the way in educating Americans about how the coal-based electricity industry can be a part of our clean energy future, with two mobile classrooms currently touring the country as a part of our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. campaign. I talked to US News recently, telling them how coal and clean coal technology will play a pivotal role in a post-partisan, pro-growth economic and energy agenda. From their piece:
The industry and the organization have outfitted two tractor trailers as mobile classrooms to show the public and congressional lawmakers how the technology works and how it can cut emissions dramatically by capturing carbon gases. The trucks have visited several congressional districts in states such West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois … The mobile classrooms have also traveled to state fairs and participated in local community events.
One of our Clean Coal Technology. It Works. mobile classrooms recently wrapped up a visit to the Virginia State Fair. Check out who they ran into:
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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Robert M. "Mike" Duncan President & CEO
Mike Duncan is the president and CEO for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the use of coal – a proven American energy source that keeps electricity affordable and reliable for millions of American families and businesses. In this role, he leads ACCCE’s efforts to keep coal at the forefront of energy policy in America and informs and educates for coal in Congress, statehouses and in communities all across the country.
He comes to ACCCE with a background and commitment to coal and clean coal technology. Serving on the campaigns of five U.S. presidents and working with elected officials at every level and in all political parties, he has served as board member and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority; assistant director of the Office of Public Liaison in The White House; chairman of the American Crossroads 527 committee; and chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has served in various roles with the U.S.-China High Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and the Center for Rural Development.
Duncan is chairman and CEO of the Inez Deposit Bank in Eastern Kentucky and has served with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cincinnati branch and the Kentucky Bankers Association. A resident of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, he holds degrees from Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Evan Tracey Former 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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Steve Gates Former 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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