Archive for June, 2012

Racing Under the Lights in Kentucky

Our partners at JR Motorsports are hitting the track in the Bluegrass State this Friday night, and while the No. 88 Clean Coal Chevrolet is taking a break from the track this weekend, coal will still play a major role under the lights in Kentucky.

That’s because Kentucky is one of America’s most coal-reliant states, with over 90 percent of the electricity in the state coming from affordable, reliable coal. America’s most abundant resource will  keep the bright lights on the track, and the costs down for drivers, crews and race fans alike.

Want to see more of No. 88 in action? Visit us on Facebook for behind the scenes pictures from JRM Motorsports shop as well as pictures from the track at Dover and Michigan.


Industrial Revolution 2.0

When you stream a video online or upload a new photo album to the cloud, chances are you’re using coal-based electricity. The high-tech devices we use every day often rely on coal because as an energy source, coal is very affordable. But more importantly for data centers, coal is dependable.

Since cost and dependability are the two main drivers behind successful data centers, it’s no surprise that North Carolina has become an attractive location for companies innovating with cloud technology. In raw numbers, over 50 percent of the electricity generated in North Carolina is from coal. As a result, businesses can expect some of the most affordable rates in America, while also benefiting from power quality and reliability.

These coal based electricity data centers are also fueling job growth in small communities in western North Carolina. For example, the construction of a data center in Maiden, North Carolina created 250 construction jobs and one in Forest City required over one million labor hours. Once completed, these data centers will provide hundreds of good paying jobs in the local community.

American business leaders are once again relying on coal based electricity to fuel the next industrial revolution. Find out more about coal in your state by visiting our state map.

 


Let’s Show Our Appreciation

Forty-six U.S. senators stood up for coal last week, and voted in favor of Sen. Inhofe’s Joint Resolution 37. That’s 46 senators who care about keeping electricity affordable for Americans, and want to see the 550,000 direct and indirect jobs from the coal-based electricity industry stay intact.

Was your senator one of them? If so, we owe them a thank you.

Americans depend on stable, affordable electricity to keep the lights turned on. Whether it’s lower electricity costs for a small business or a family home, it’s essential to keep energy costs low for Americans who need it most.

Click the picture below to let your senator know that you appreciate them standing with the coal-based electricity industry.


Coal Across the Country

When Americans think about coal, they often think about the southeastern states that are famed for their rich coal supply: West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and the Appalachian region. But coal plays an important part in the economies of many western states, too. In fact, a large amount of coal is produced west of the Appalachian mountains, making the western coal region critical to maintaining affordable energy in the United States.

According to the National Mining Association, more than 130,000 people are directly employed in good-paying jobs in the U.S. coal mining industry. That’s in 25 states across the country, making coal an important part of many communities. You may have heard about the hard-working people of Nucla and Naturita, Colorado who depend on a coal-fueled power plant and mine in their area to keep their economies going. All it takes is one bad regulation, and their way of life could be threatened. The same is true for countless communities across the United States.

So when you think about the affordable energy in the United States, remember that it is so much more than just one region. It is over 130,000 people across our country who help keep our lights on, and who depend on coal to do the same for them.

Learn more about how coal is working across the country and in your state to keep energy affordable on our State Map.


Thank You for Standing Up for Affordable Electricity

The Senate failed to block the EPA’s costly Utility MACT regulation today, but despite Washington’s failure, many Americans spoke up and made their point clear: the EPA must stop pursuing its overly aggressive regulations that are unnecessarily increasing energy prices and killing jobs.

Thousands of you called your legislators to let them know that voters care about protecting jobs and keeping power affordable with reliable coal-fueled electricity. Although Washington ultimately failed to act, almost half the Senate did vote in favor of stopping Utility MACT, which should send a strong message to the EPA.

Thank you for making your voices heard.

Utility MACT is expected to cost 215,000 jobs by 2015 and could result in power plants closing. We will keep doing all we can to support the families that rely on jobs and affordable electricity from coal. Now is not the time to stop. You must keep letting the bureaucrats in Washington know they can never shut out America’s most abundant, stable energy resource. We will be here fighting for affordable electricity every step of the way, and we know you will too.


Senate Fails To Stop Bad EPA Regulation

WASHINGTON – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity expressed disappointment in today’s vote by the United States Senate against the passage of S. J. Res. 37 that would have disapproved EPA’s Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulation.  In response, ACCCE president and CEO Steve Miller release the following statement:

“It’s disappointing that the Senate did not pass this resolution because it could have forced EPA to adopt a more reasonable approach to reducing mercury emissions.  The Utility MACT rule is expected to cost $10 billion per year and destroy as many as 215,000 jobs by 2015.  EPA rules are already responsible for the premature closure of power plants in 21 states.  However, we are grateful for Senator Inhofe’s efforts to replace a bad regulation with a reasonable one.  The fact that almost half of the U.S. Senate voted for the resolution should send a strong signal to EPA to stop pursuing its overly aggressive regulatory agenda that is increasing energy prices unnecessarily and killing jobs.”  


Today.

It’s today. In the next 24 hours, the Senate will vote on Senator Inhofe’s Joint Resolution 37—the resolution that could stop the job-destroying, expensive Utility MACT.

But it’s not too late. The votes haven’t been cast, and there’s still time for you to join the thousands of others who have spoken up against Utility MACT.

Call your senator at 866-864-2109, or click the button below to be connected. Act quickly. Time is running out.


What They’re Saying … About the EPA’s Utility MACT Rule and Senate Joint Resolution 37

Business, labor and consumer groups, as well as governors, are voicing their support for Senator Inhofe’s resolution to disapprove the EPA’s Utility MACT (or MATS) regulation, a new EPA regulation that will drive up energy costs unnecessarily and destroy American jobs.  Business groups representing 80 percent of the U.S. economy support the resolution, which is expected to be voted on by the U.S. Senate tomorrow.  The purpose of the resolution is to make sure EPA writes a reasonable rule to replace its Utility MACT regulation.

“The significant cost and unrealistic compliance period of the Utility MACT rule will have a major negative impact on job creation and consumer demand for products and services.”

-Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

“…the UMWA cannot, and will not, support legislation or regulations that eliminate coal as an option to generate electricity.  In our opinion, EPA’s final National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal and Oil Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (MATS) does just that: eliminates coal as an option for new electric generation facilities.”

-United Mine Workers of America

“The rule, which was finalized by the EPA in February, is the most expensive in U.S. history, with an estimated cost of $90 billion. This cost will be passed down to energy consumers, such as small businesses. At a time when small businesses are being asked to help create jobs – two-thirds of the net new job growth in the United States is from small businesses – asking these companies to substantially increase the amount they spend on energy is a burden they cannot shoulder.”

-National Federation of Independent Businesses

“Under several rules directly impacting power plants, electricity costs will increase by more than 10 percent in some of the largest manufacturing regions of our nation, resulting in a loss of 1.65 million jobs by 2020, according to the National Economic Research Associates. In addition, there will likely be serious grid reliability issues as coal-fired power plants are taken off-line. So far, 169 coal-fired electricity generating units in 21 states are expected to be taken off-line by 2015 due to Utility MACT and other rules.”

-National Association of Manufacturers

“Seniors on fixed incomes cannot afford higher electricity prices. Period. Higher energy prices are especially harmful to energy intensive manufacturers that provide good paying jobs and improve the overall economy … MATS is a bad rule and passing S.J. Res. 37 is necessary to assure that EPA writes a sensible rule.”

-The 60 Plus Association

“We, the people of the Affordable Power Alliance, would like to see the United States Congress take swift and decisive action to put an end to the abuse of political power that looms behind the EPA’s anti-energy Utility MACT Rule. We ask that Congress restore our peoples’ ability to create an economy based on access to the natural resources, particularly energy resources, which are an integral part of our custom, culture, tradition, and right to the pursuit of happiness.”

-Affordable Power Alliance

“The EPA Utility MAT regulation is forecasted to result in unprecedented costs of $90 billion – all of which will be passed onto electricity consumers. To put this in perspective, from 2005 to 2010, U.S. electricity prices rose by $71.8 billion. The increased cost of the regulation will impact manufacturing competitiveness, jobs and exports.”

-Industrial Energy Consumers of America

“… [W]e believe the MATS rule is fatally flawed.  This is because it fails to achieve any significant reduction in mercury (since by the EPA’s own admission, power plant emissions ‘are a small fraction of the total mercury emitted globally’), while imposing enormous costs on our citizens which are likely to impede our significant economic development efforts.”

-West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

“Of the just under 1,400 electric generating units (EGUs) at 580 power plants comprising our nation’s coal-fired fleet, approximately 169 EGUs, totaling over 27 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, have been announced for retirement due specifically to EPA regulations.  By comparison, EPA’s computer modeling of this rule combined with the EPA-issued Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) projected only 9.5 GW of coal plant retirements due to both rules … PJM, the regional transmission organization tasked with ensuring electric grid reliability throughout the Mid-Atlantic, has stated that these announced retirements will create ‘significant reliability concerns’ in our region.”

-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell