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Clean coal technology by the numbers

By now, you’ve probably seen our Clean Coal Technology map on the America’s PowerSM Web site. From the map, we know that there’s more than $12 billion in clean coal research in 43 states, even some not normally associated with coal production.

Those are some pretty impressive numbers. I’ve come up with a list of other interesting figures to illustrate the commitment that government and energy organizations are putting into the commercial deployment of clean coal technology.

Take a look:

• There are officially four clean coal projects listed in President Obama’s Clean Coal Power Initiative.

• Obama’s administration is pushing to have “five to 10” commercial clean coal power plants operating as demonstration projects by 2016.

• The U.S. Department of Energy manages more than 300 active research and development projects spanning a wide range of fossil fuels, including coal.

• Of those projects, 70 are focused on carbon sequestration technology.

• According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s latest database, there are 46 active carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects across the globe, including countries like China, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Fifteen of the projects mentioned above are located in the U.S.

• More than 60 organizations and institutions have partnered with the World Resources Institute to develop safe practices for CCS, including Harvard University, Southern Company and the Argonne National Laboratory.

These numbers show that people understand coal’s value as an abundant, affordable fuel source. They also demonstrate the extent to which they’re investing in clean coal research and are working to deploy carbon capture and sequestration. For even more figures, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s fossil fuel database.

President Obama Voices Support for Clean Coal

President Barack Obama reiterated his support for clean coal technology on Wednesday during a speech given at Andrews Air Force Base.

During the speech on energy security, the president stated that “We need to make continued investments in clean coal technologies.”

This comes just one month after he announced the formation of a clean coal task force with the goal having 10 commercial power plants with clean-coal technology operating as demonstration projects by 2016.

We’re thrilled with the president’s continued support of clean coal technology. Because coal generates almost half of our electricity, it is critically important that we continue to invest in new technologies that will allow us to use it in cleaner and more efficient ways.

Judging by today’s comments, it’s clear President Obama believes the same thing.

A busy week in energy news

There have been so many positive stories regarding the energy industry this week, and it’s been exciting for us to watch. One of the biggest announcements came yesterday when President Obama announced the creation of an interagency task force whose goal is shepherding five to 10 commercial demonstrations of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by 2016, according to E&E News.

A few of the other stories that our readers may find of interest include:

  • From Time: A New Clean Economy – With Old Sources of Energy
  • From MetroNews of West Virginia: Governor Talks With President About Energy
  • From Reuters: Obama Eyes Biofuels, Clean Coal In New Climate Push
  • From USA Today: Obama: U.S. ‘Can Win The Race’ For Clean Energy Economy
  • From Politico: Obama Plots New Energy Path
  • Obviously, we are encouraged to see so many stories that demonstrate the administration’s support for clean coal technology – and it’s clear from these stories that clean coal technologies will play a major role in a diverse energy portfolio for decades to come.

    For a complete list of all the stories that impact the coal-based electricity industry, make it a habit to regularly check out the news page on

    Copenhagen: What matters to the U.S.

    International_Spotlight2 With word late last week that President Obama indeed will attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen – as well as propose specific emissions reductions for the U.S. to achieve by 2020 – his presence could influence the outcome at the summit.

    The Energy Information Administration projects that electricity demand will grow 41 percent by 2030, and there’s a good chance we’ll be relying on our nation’s abundant coal reserves to generate that additional energy. With that in mind, here are some of Obama’s latest plans:

    • Cut carbon dioxide emissions: In announcing his decision to go to Copenhagen, Obama also proposed that the U.S. should curb its emissions by 2020 “in the range” of 17 percent below 2005 levels, the same as the thresholds in the House-passed climate legislation, E&E News reported (subscription only).

    • Laying the foundation for a framework agreement: According to a recent Reuters article, the president said he was confident that that U.S. could “create a set of principles, building blocks that allow for ongoing and continuing progress” on mitigating climate change. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this includes adaptation, funding, technology cooperation and forest preservation, reported The New York Times.

    • Cooperating with China: During a recent meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Bejing, Obama said both countries plan to work together to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Agence France Presse reported.

    It’s clear that clean coal technology can play a role in reaching emissions targets here at home and around the world—while allowing our country to continue using its most abundant, affordable fuel.

    What’s more, by exporting our know-how in carbon capture technologies to developing nations, the U.S. could play a pivotal role in cutting global emissions, while creating much-needed jobs and bolstering the national economy.

    We’ll be keeping an eye on the president in Copenhagen to learn more about his vision for combating climate change—and how clean coal technologies will play a part.

    President Obama Declares October National Energy Awareness Month

    Neamonth We all know how passionate President Obama is about strengthening our energy security, creating green jobs and developing clean coal technology – so it’s no surprise that he recently declared October National Energy Awareness Month.

    This special month will highlight our nation’s energy issues by promoting the importance of a clean energy economy and recognizing the companies and organizations that are committed to innovation in energy.

    These two initiatives are important factors in strengthening our global competitiveness and securing our energy independence—two issues that should be brought into focus as climate change legislation moves through the Senate.

    Honoring the folks who work hard to help us reach these goals is important. We’re particularly proud of those in our industry to make coal-generated electricity even cleaner, with cutting-edge technologies like carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC).

    With technical and financial contributions to these emissions-reducing technologies, I’m confident we can become the world’s leading exporter in clean coal technology and exemplify how to jumpstart a depressed economy with technology.

    How will you give thanks and show your support to members of the energy industry this month? Post a comment and let us know. And don’t forget to visit to check your knowledge of the country’s energy and environmental issues.

    Clean coal and America’s economic recovery

    President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University this week, and while he focused primarily on the economy, he mentioned clean energy as one of the pillars of his recovery plan.

    This isn’t the first time the president has stressed energy when speaking about our economy. Way back in February, Obama told Congress we need to invest in all of our energy resources – wind and solar, advanced biofuels and clean coal.

    And he’s right; investment in new energy technology will undoubtedly be a boon for our country’s economy. And clean coal will be a big part of that.

    In a report conducted by BBC Research and Consulting, a coalition of key labor groups found that deployment of advanced coal-based electricity generation facilities (power plants) equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that reduce carbon dioxide emissions could generate $1 trillion of economic output and create between 5 million and 7 million man-years of employment during construction and a quarter of a million permanent jobs.

    As we’ve reported before, President Obama and key members of his administration have expressed their support for CCT on multiple occasions, and its potential economic and environmental benefits make it clear why.

    U.S., Australia team up on carbon capture

    No matter what the issue, it’s encouraging to learn of people who put down their battle axes and find a way to meet in the middle.

    Such is the case in Australia, where environmentalists and industry have compromised in order to push funding for carbon capture and storage. So when the Australian Prime Minister met with President Obama to develop solutions for mitigating greenhouse gasses while spurring economic development, one idea came to mind: partnering with other governments around the world in the Australian initiative for a global carbon capture and storage institute.

    Said President Obama, "If we can take some intelligent steps and we start to discuss how we could work together on this, figuring out how to sequester and capture the carbon that's emitted from coal, as just one element of a broader range of energy initiatives, that's an example of something that can create jobs; also deal with a potential environmental crisis – that's the kind of economic growth that I think we're going to be looking for."

    Prime Minister Rudd agreed saying, “Generating jobs through clean coal and carbon sequestration technologies is critical. It's also critical in terms of bringing down greenhouse gas emissions.”

    It’s clear that the world’s leaders see promise in carbon capture technology for more than eliminating carbon dioxide. What will it take to get the rest of Americans on board?

    Taking the time to do climate legislation right

    We’ve said that climate change legislation was too important of an issue to attempt to tackle by using back-door methods. It seems like more people are agreeing—a collection of House and Senate members on both sides of the isle have encouraged leadership to hold off on fast-tracked climate change legislation.

    Said Sen. Susan Collins (R–Maine), "I'm a strong supporter of climate change legislation and continue to be. But this is a major policy change, and it should not be jammed through using reconciliation. We should have a full debate, and ample opportunity for a lot of different amendments."

    If you look at the big picture, climate legislation, while certainly important for the environment, will also affect U.S. families and businesses. Like President Obama has said, “If [a cap-and-trade system] is too onerous that people can’t meet it, then it defeats the purpose.”