Archive for September, 2012

Designing Spaces Tours Prairie State Energy Campus

Clean coal technology is constantly evolving. We’re continually making use of this natural resource more efficient. I recently had the opportunity to tour the Prairie State Energy Campus for Designing Spaces: Think Green.

The episode is centered around the latest technologies and developments the coal-based electricity industry has been using to make this plant one of the most efficient and low emissions producing coal-fueled power plants in the nation.

Prairie State Energy Campus is the largest coal-fueled power plant today. It produces more than 7 million tons of coal a year, with the plant’s first unit currently producing 800 megawatts of power.

Be sure to watch the segment here to learn more about Prairie State and clean coal technology.

Spotlight on Ohio

The War on Coal continues. As President Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning, the EPA continues to wage a war on the affordable, reliable electricity that America needs. In their campaigns, both candidates have put their focus on the swing state of Ohio, home to dozens of companies and thousands of employees who work to power the country using coal-based electricity.

We took to Ohio to ask people what they thought about the EPA’s actions, and what should be done about it. In our polling, we found that Ohioans were almost monolithic in their opinion.

Almost three-quarters of Ohioans agree that shuttering more coal plants is a bad idea, as is refusing to build more.

With more than 200 coal plants at risk of being shuttered due in part to EPA regulations, it’s clear: we are facing a War on Coal and affordable electricity. This election season your candidates must speak up for coal use in America. Take the pledge today.

Coal: Lighting the Way

You may be following our partnership with JR Motorsports over on Facebook. Today, we’re proud to feature a guest post from JRM’s own Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

One thing I love about being a part of NASCAR is getting to travel around the country and learning about each state that I get to race in. This weekend, the JR Motorsports team and the 88 Clean Coal Chevy will be racing in the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Being partners with America’s Power has really opened my eyes to how important coal is to many states across the country.   It’s affordable, abundant, and it’s ours.

See me behind the scenes with the America’s Power team here:

I know that the economy can be iffy these days; it’s difficult for people to find work and to worry about keeping the lights on in their homes. Being a small business owner myself, I can also relate to companies that worry about the hit they’ll take because of their energy bills. As I’ve learned, though, by including coal as a strong part of our energy mix, America can have affordable, abundant power. That means people in Kentucky, and across the country, can stay working and keep their electricity bills low.

Just look at Kentucky. The state gets 93 percent of its power from coal. This is how the state maintains some of the least expensive power in the nation.

Cole Whitt and the No. 88 Clean Coal Chevrolet will be promoting the very resource that is keeping the lights on at the Kentucky Speedway.  I hope you’ll join me in cheering on Cole and coal in the Bluegrass State.

Response to NYT’s Robert Semple

By Mike Duncan, President and CEO of ACCCE

We can all agree that Russell Train was a valuable asset to our country and our environment. The one big difference between Mr. Train’s time as EPA Administrator and the current EPA administration is that Mr. Train never thought of interested stakeholders, whether industry officials or environmentalists, as adversaries.

We all want clean air, clean water and less pollution in our cities.  That is why, beyond providing affordable and reliable electricity, the coal industry has been working to see that coal is used in an increasingly clean manner.  From the time of the Nixon Administration through today, the coal-fired power industry has been making continuous progress on clean coal technologies. Coal-fueled power plants have spent nearly $100 billion dollars since 1970 in an effort to reduce emissions. Their efforts continue to produce results as emissions of major pollutants from coal-fueled power plants are over 85 percent less.

And, going forward, the industry will continue to invest in clean coal technologies to reduce emissions. In fact, the coal industry already plans to spend another $100 billion this decade to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Unfortunately, coal’s critics continue to offer Americans a false choice.  Led by the EPA and extreme environmentalist groups, they ignore the progress made in clean coal technology, instead pursuing coal’s demise no matter the collateral damage it causes in terms of lost jobs, more expensive electricity, and fewer energy options.

All across the U.S., coal units are scheduled to be shut down, due, at least in part, to federal EPA regulations.  A new analysis released by ACCCE shows that 204 units are scheduled to be closed across 25 states, representing 31,000 megawatts of electric generating supply. This is the equivalent to shutting down the entire electricity supply of Ohio.  Another comprehensive analysis done for ACCCE by National Economic Research Associates found that just four of EPA’s rules could destroy more than 180,000 jobs per year and increase electricity prices by as much as 19 percent in some areas of the U.S.

These federal EPA regulations are hurting U.S. competitiveness and creating a diminishing return on the investments made in clean coal technologies. The “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” is a way for Congress to protect our communities and our economy from the federal EPA’s unreasonable rules and regulations.

U.S. House Votes to Protect Coal-Based Electricity

Statement from ACCCE President and CEO Mike Duncan

WASHINGTON – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity praised the passage of the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012,” which was voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives today.  The act combined several existing bills that received bipartisan support in the House and would ensure that EPA regulations are balanced and sensible.

In response to the vote, ACCCE president and CEO Mike Duncan released the following statement:

“Today’s vote was an important signal to voters about which Members of Congress are fighting to protect coal and the jobs it provides.  The EPA’s war on coal is threatening more than 1.5 million jobs, many of which are in Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

“This week we learned that more than 200 coal-based generating units, enough to power the State of Ohio, are being forced to shut down because of EPA regulations.  This is devastating for communities, but for the EPA it’s ‘business as usual’. 

“It is disappointing that President Obama threatened to veto this critical legislation which would provide for more balanced regulations and ensure a future for coal.  Communities around the country are grateful for the bipartisan leadership shown by the House of Representatives on this issue.”

New Poll Finds Strong Support for Coal Amongst Democrats in Swing States

Large Majority Believe EPA Making Decisions Based on Politics, Not Policy

WASHINGTON – Independent and Democratic-leaning voters in the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia strongly support coal, according to new polling data released today by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.  Sixty-four percent of these voters support using coal to generate electricity, compared to just 27 percent who opposed.

“This election is going to be decided in states that support coal,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE.  “Swing voters in swing states support the use of coal and are concerned about the EPA’s politically motivated agenda.”

The polling found that a large majority of adults in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia believe this EPA is making decisions that are driven by politics rather than sound policy.  Roughly three-fourths of Pennsylvanians expressed that sentiment, along with 72 percent of Ohioans and 65 percent of Virginians.

Americans living in these key states also believe that closing coal-fueled power plants would negatively impact them.  By a 2 to 1 margin, these adults agreed that communities “like mine” would be negatively impacted if coal plants close.

A memo on the key findings of the poll prepared by pollsters Thom Riehle of YouGov and Mark Allen of can be found here (.pdf).


Putting an End to the War on Coal

This week, Congress is holding an important vote. The War on Coal Act, or H.R. 3409, is a package of bills with a specific, urgent objective: to stop the EPA’s attempt to destroy the coal-based electricity industry. The war on coal is a war on our economy, and harmful regulations are killing jobs and raising energy costs for families and businesses across the country.

Sign the petition to tell the candidates to speak up against the EPA’s actions.

A recent analysis shows that EPA regulations have caused three times as many coal units to shutter than the agency predicted. With this kind of accuracy, who knows how many billions of dollars are left in the balance of their hundred-billion dollar regulatory drive to end coal. And how many billions of dollars Americans will be forced to spend on skyrocketing energy costs.

Affordable electricity is an imperative for our country. When Americans pay more for energy, we pay more for everything. EPA regulations are preventing the coal industry from further developing advanced emissions controls, which have already helped reduce emissions by 90 percent per unit of energy generated over the past 40 years. The War on Coal Act will allow that development, and stop the EPA from implementing their destructive regulatory drive against the coal industry.

Learn more and show your support for American jobs and affordable energy by signing the petition here.

204. 25. 31,000.

Shuttering coal plants, by the numbers, is simple: 204 plants closed to at least in part to EPA regulations, across 25 states, representing 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity.

It’s no secret that the EPA has been waging a war on coal—and by default, a war on electricity and jobs. But of these 25 states impacted by closings, just five states have more than half of these shuttering plants: Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

As Americans, we rely on stable power to keep our country going. Fewer power plants equal less generating capacity—hampering our country’s ability to recover. All of these states receive the majority of power from coal. Without these resources, the EPA is putting millions of Americans at a disadvantage.

This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012,” or H.R. 3409. This act, which is made up of several existing bills, has received bipartisan support in the House, and would help slow the EPA’s overzealous regulatory agenda.

Show your support for American jobs and affordable energy by signing the petition here.