After a long election, Washington has changed gears, and is now tackling economic issues impacting generations of Americans. Energy is an essential part of our economy, and coal is a vital component to ensuring a reliable source of electricity. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on the significant role that coal will play in the future, and the title reveals everything: Significant Changes Are Expected in Coal-Fueled Generation, but Coal Is Likely to Remain a Key Fuel Source.
The GAO writes:
Coal is generally expected to remain a key fuel source for U.S. electricity generation in the future… Available information indicates that existing and potential future regulations may make it more expensive to generate electricity using coal, thus affecting coal’s future use.
As we already know, economic conditions and government regulations will play a role in determining how significant that is.
Recent EPA regulations would be catastrophic to the jobs and affordable energy provided by the coal-based electricity industry. These regulations will cause electricity costs to increase for the families and small businesses that fuel our country’s economy.
Coal will remain a key part of our nation’s energy future because of the actions of hardworking Americans who know that regulations against it will hurt our economy and our pocketbooks. Right now, the White House is asking people to Tweet what will happen if taxes go up for their families, using the hash tag #My2K.
If you’re on Twitter, retweet our tweet below, and tell the White House: Regulations that hurt coal are a tax on families. Spread the word to your friends and family, and be sure to get involved!
Penn State University’s Dr. Frank Clemente recently authored a very interesting look into the rapid expansion of data centers in Iowa. Data centers are a central part of American life as more and data is stored remotely, to be accessed by our mobile phones or computers. These data centers are big business: Google has invested about $1.1 billion dollars in data centers in Iowa alone. And as Dr. Clemente explains:
There are nine other major data centers in Iowa, including a Microsoft operation. And Altoona, Iowa, officials will announce any day the secret identity of a company planning to build yet another data center, a $1.5 billion beast — my guess, Facebook.
For many, plugging in to the internet is the same as turning on a light – if we flick a switch and nothing happens, we feel as if something has gone wrong. To fuel that level of demand, data centers must always be running. That demands a reliable, and inexpensive, source of electricity. As Dr. Clemente explains, “For the record, coal provides 70 percent of Iowa’s low-cost highly reliable power.”
Source: Energy-Facts.org/Iowa Utilities Board
Read this fascinating look at how data centers, which are fueling our new way of life, are fueled by affordable, abundant coal. And learn more about how coal is fueling your state by looking at our state map.
With 2012 winding down, we’re revisiting some of the hardworking Americans we spoke with throughout the year about the importance of affordable electricity.
Shawna Sinks. Tanya Narramore. Chuck Zunich. Howard Kettle. Don Colcord.
Coloradoans in Nucla and Naturita depend on the coal industry for their livelihood. Whether they’re working in the mines or running a store in the community, these small town residents rely on the local coal plant for their economic success and survival.
EPA regulations are threatening the coal-fueled power plant that powers the economy of these small towns. Despite being one of the best performing power plants for mercury emissions, the plant is still in danger.
“If the power plant shut down, I would probably lose my house, my truck…everything,” says Tanya, an equipment operator at New Horizons Mine.
It’s not just people working in the coal industry in these towns that are at risk, it’s the shops and businesses supporting these operations will also suffer.
“If you wipe out 150 jobs, when you only have a town of 600 people… you’re going to have a ghost town,” says Don Colcord, a local business owner.
Evan Tracey 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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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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Steve Gates 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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