Archive for April, 2012

‘Right Rhetoric’—Wrong Execution

Since early this year, the Obama administration continues to stress the importance of having an all-of-the-above energy policy. Yet despite its status as America’s dominant source of energy, coal is continually left off the president’s list. ACCCE President and CEO, Steve Miller, recently spoke about the environmental progress coal has made and why it’s imperative we keep affordable, reliable electricity from coal at the forefront of an all-of-the-above energy policy.

America is home to an abundance of domestic energy resources—including coal reserves that exceed that of any other country. As Steve says, President Obama “has the right rhetoric” about energy policy, but when listing energy sources, he regrettably continues to exclude coal.

Visit the America’s Power Facebook Page to learn how clean coal fuels our country and drives our economy.

Decreasing Emissions, Increasing Innovation

Over the last four decades, regulated emissions from coal-fueled plants have been reduced by nearly 90 percent. With the coal industry investing $100 billion to significantly reduce emissions—and $125 billion by 2015— research and innovation continue to contribute to these decreasing emissions.

Not only that, clean coal technology is providing thousands of jobs across the country. Just take a look at the John W. Turk, Jr. Plant, currently under construction. Upon its completion, it’s estimated that the plant will have supported at least 1,500 construction jobs. When the plant comes online, it will provide stable, affordable power to more than 500,000 residents of Arkansas and Louisiana—while being one of the cleanest, most efficient coal-fueled plants in the country.

Check out the video below to learn more about how clean coal technology works, and keep up to date with the Turk Plant here.

Clean Coal Campaign Teams with NASCAR

ACCCE to Sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports at Key Races

WASHINGTON – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today announced its first-ever sponsorship of a NASCAR team, JR Motorsports, the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Under the sponsorship, JR Motorsports cars will feature ACCCE logos, and members of the race team will be working with ACCCE to inform and educate Americans about the importance of coal and clean coal technology.

“Coal is America’s power, and we’re excited to be sponsoring one of America’s most successful sports teams,” said Evan Tracey, senior vice president for communications of ACCCE. “Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his team are one of the elite groups in racing and we’re proud to be partnering with them to continue to raise awareness of the importance of coal.”

Over this summer and fall, ACCCE’s team will be traveling to races and participating in events with drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Cole Whitt. In addition, ACCCE’s logos will appear on the team’s cars.

ACCCE will have associate sponsorship placement on Whitt’s car starting this week at Richmond International Raceway and continuing through the remainder of the season. ACCCE will be an associate sponsor on Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 5 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5.

“NASCAR is a great way for ACCCE to reach out to American families about the important role that coal plays in delivering affordable, reliable power for American families and businesses. We’re excited to talk to JR Motorsports fans about how coal keeps electricity affordable, reliable and increasingly clean,” said Tracey.

Coal Fuels

Coal fuels a lot of things—like schools, hospitals, fire stations and data centers. And today, we’re excited to add the team of the No. 88 race car to that list.

America’s Power will be partnering with JR Motorsports for races and events throughout this summer. With drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Cole Whitt, we’re looking forward sharing information about the benefits of coal-based electricity with race fans and spectators.

So when you’re watching the races, whether it’s at home or the track, look for America’s Power on the No. 88 car. Get the details below and join us as we cheer on Dale Jr. and the team on Facebook.

Supporting Stability Through Innovation

Millions of Americans (like our friend Salsa Todd) depend on coal-generated electricity to power their homes and businesses and keep electric bills affordable. But there is one benefit of coal-based power that can’t be found on an electric bill: the decline in emissions in the last few decades.

That’s because in the last 40 years, emissions of major pollutants from coal-fueled power plants have been reduced by nearly 90 percent per unit of electricity generated. That’s not all—the industry has already invested $100 billion to significantly reduce emissions, and will invest $125 billion by 2015.

A few weeks ago, we caught up with former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.). The senator explained how we’re going to continue to use coal, our most abundant energy resource, differently in the future. This means continuing to lead the way in the development, demonstration and deployment of the next generation of advanced clean coal technologies. With new plants like the Texas Clean Energy Project and the John W. Turk, Jr. Plant, clean coal technology continues to find innovative and advanced ways to use America’s most abundant natural resource.

Interested in finding out more about clean coal technology? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Coal in Virginia: One Thing Tim Kaine and George Allen Can Agree On

By Steve Gates

From the presidential contest to our local elections, Americans are focused on costs.  How America can grow its energy reserves in a way that keeps costs down is on the minds of voters and candidates. Along with them, we’ve been out on the trail at rallies and events listening to Americans’ concerns, and we’re glad to hear that keeping energy costs low is a source of bipartisan agreement!

This is true in Virginia, which gets almost a third of its electricity from coal. Take Democratic Senate candidate and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who recently listed coal as part of a “comprehensive energy strategy” for this country. He’s right: Coal provides stable, affordable energy to small businesses and families.

His Republican opponent, former Senator George Allen, agrees. Allen recently said EPA regulations “eliminate significant numbers of good-paying jobs in Virginia alone, devastate our economy and force families and small business owners to shoulder the burden of skyrocketing electricity bills.”

What does coal mean for your state? Find out here.

Meet Salsa Todd

By Steve Gates

Meet Todd Westby. He’s a husband, father and small business owner based in Omaha, Nebraska. Todd runs, owns and operates a specialty foods store which ships its customers’ favorite products all over the country.

So what does a guy like Todd have to do with energy generated by coal? In a state like Nebraska, where more than 70 percent of the electricity comes from coal, Todd and other small business owners depend on affordable rates to help keep the doors open. With a warehouse full of salsas, soups and sauces, one of Todd’s major costs is heating and cooling his storage spaces. Low electricity rates from coal help keep energy bills within Todd’s budget.

And for Todd, having lower electricity rates means not having to pass the additional cost onto his customers. In a recovering economy, low electricity prices are essential to his business, because when it comes down to it, Todd knows that “for a lot of people, it’s not about whether they can afford a nice jar of salsa. It’s about whether they can afford a gallon of milk.”

Todd is just one small business owner seeing the benefits of coal-fueled electricity. Now is the time for America to depend on its most abundant natural resource to keep electricity affordable for families and businesses in this country. Now is the time for coal.

Go State by State with Coal

Coal, America’s dominant source of energy, is an essential part of the country’s energy portfolio. While coal-based electricity is used in 48 states, the amount used on a state-by-state basis varies. States that use more coal to generate electricity have lower electricity rates, on average, than states that use less.

Our new state energy map is filled with interesting facts like this, as well as the policies, people, and places behind the coal-based electricity industry. Check it out below, and be sure to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.