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Can America’s Power Grid Withstand a Brutal Winter?

By Terry Jarrett
Washington Examiner
WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 5, 2018) – Maybe you have to live in the Northeast — or even Southeast United States — to get the full effect. But right now, much of the country is struggling through brutally cold weather. It’s not uncommon to see temperatures down in the teens across much of the South. And record sub-zero temperatures in the North have many recalling the “polar vortex” of 2014.

Home heating bills will surely be climbing this month as the mercury plunges. But there’s a more troubling problem emerging. As Bloomberg News is reporting, the nation’s electric grid has begun to show signs of “fatigue” as power plants churn in overdrive to meet heavy demand. Oil burning power plants in New England are running short on fuel. And some of these plants may reach end-use limits due to emissions restrictions.

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Coal to the Rescue as Record Cold Grips the East

By John Siciliano
Washington Examiner
WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 29, 2017) – Coal-fired power plants are king again as sub-zero temperatures sent demand for heating and electricity soaring on the East Coast Friday in the largest energy market in the nation.

Coal outpaced both natural gas and nuclear power plants in the PJM market, which extends from the Midwest to Washington, according to real-time updates provided by the grid operator PJM Interconnection.

Coal provided nearly 20,000 megawatts more electricity throughout the day Friday than its primary rival natural gas and over 10,000 megawatts more than nuclear power plants.

One megawatt of electricity can provide 750-1,200 homes with power. 

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Building a Stronger America: 
President Donald J. Trump’s American Infrastructure Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 12, 2018) – President Trump yesterday released an outline of his American Infrastructure Initiative.  If enacted and funded by Congress, the plan will invest more than $200 billion over 10 years which would lead to a projected $1.5 trillion in road, bridge and other projects to rebuild “America’s crumbling infrastructure.”
In making the announcement, President Trump said, “We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land. And we will do it with American heart, and American hands, and American grit.”

Read President Trump’s infrastructure principles here.
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USTDA to Host Coal-Related Reverse Trade Missions 

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Trade Development Agency will host two Coal-Fired Power Emissions Monitoring and Control Reverse Trade Missions (RTM) this spring to bring public officials and coal plant operators to the U.S. for site visits and meetings with U.S. businesses. 

The first will bring representatives from Turkey, South Africa and Romania to the United States April 11 - 20.  The second will be May 14-23 with representatives of India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

These countries use a significant amount of coal-fired power, and are making plans to retrofit older coal-fired power plants as well as incorporate emissions control technologies into new ones. As they pursue these goals, delegates will attend meetings with U.S. suppliers of SOx, NOx, VOC, mercury and particulate matter controls. Plans involve visits to U.S. coal-fired power plants currently using these technologies.

For more information, visit these two links.

USTDA Accepting Initial Proposals for Cleaner Coal Projects in Emerging Markets 

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced today a call for initial proposals on cleaner coal infrastructure projects in emerging markets. Overseas project sponsors or their U.S. private sector partners are invited to submit an initial concept paper (not to exceed five pages) to USTDA no later than March 30, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. EST to be considered for funding.
USTDA’s call for proposals is in response to the Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth and will facilitate U.S. industry’s engagement in coal projects in emerging markets, where coal contributes a significant share of total energy consumption. In addition to this call for initial project proposals, USTDA is hosting a series of coal-fired power emissions monitoring and control reverse trade missions in Spring 2018 to connect U.S. businesses to new export opportunities and to support the infrastructure development goals of multiple partner countries.
Proposals should feature a brief description of the project’s size and status, including project location, economic fundamentals, equipment and technology requirements, legal and regulatory considerations, potential U.S. exports, and the purpose and amount of USTDA funding requested. The proposal should also outline the sponsor’s experience, potential options for financing the project, risks that the project faces, and estimated potential for U.S. content in the project’s implementation.
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18 States, Coal Group, U.S. Chamber Want Ash Order Overturned

By Jonathan Matisse
Associated Press
NASHVILLE, TN (Jan. 8, 2018) — Eighteen states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, national coal industry interests and more than a dozen other groups are urging an appeals court to overturn a coal ash cleanup order at a federal utility’s Tennessee plant, contending the decision will have wide-reaching, expensive consequences.

In a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals brief this week, the states argued that the order at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Gallatin Fossil Plant would broadly expand federal oversight into groundwater pollution historically regulated by states. More citizen lawsuits will almost certainly be filed and they will require coal ash cleanups elsewhere, costing utility ratepayers tens of billions of dollars, attorneys for the states wrote.

“Reasonable minds can differ among stakeholders as to the most prudent long-term plans for these impoundments, and under cooperative federalism every stakeholder has an opportunity in the process to voice those concerns,” the court filing says. “If upheld, customers across the Circuit will be paying for the preference of those citizens who have strong opinions regarding environmental issues — not what the most reasonable outcome should be.”

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More Electric Cars Mean More Coal and Natural Gas

By Jude Clemente
NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2018) – Electric cars are a rapidly growing market. In 2017, sales in the U.S. were up nearly 30%, to about 200,000 units. This surge is even more impressive given that the very low gasoline prices we have seen obviously incentivize sticking with the traditional oil-based, internal-combustion-engine purchase.

There are now numerous initiatives globally to ban the sale of oil cars, mostly to clear the skies of smoggy cities. China, India, Norway, the UK, France and the Netherlands, for instance, have said they want to phase out gas and diesel vehicles within the next few decades. Government incentives influence car buyers’ attitudes, and the model for more could be Norway, where electric cars now account for 33% of all sales. The World Economic Forum documents the countries announcing bans on sales of oil cars.

But there’s much more to the electric car story than what you might be hearing. The anti-fossil-fuel business tends to forget and/or ignore the fact that electric cars are, obviously, just that ... powered by electricity, a secondary energy source that is mostly generated by the combustion of coal and natural gas both here in the U.S. and around the world.

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Wyoming Mulls Bill to Sue Washington Over Millennium Coal Permits
Zack Hale
The Daily News
Longview, WA (Feb. 10, 2018) The state of Wyoming is considering suing Washington state over coal.
In yet another plot twist in the protracted Millennium Bulk Terminals saga, a bill introduced Friday by Wyoming state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, would create a $250,000 “coal terminal litigation account.”
Under the legislation, the fund could be used to hire a private law firm to sue Washington over the denial of permits needed for the construction of Millennium’s $680 million proposed coal dock in Longview.

Millennium’s parent company, Lighthouse Resources, Inc., is already suing Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration in U.S. District Court over the state’s denial of a key water quality permit and aquatic lands sublease.

Lighthouse owns vast coal mines in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and coal production has been a cornerstone of that state’s economy since the 1970s.

In addition to Inslee, the complaint names state Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz as co-defendants.

Similar to language in the federal lawsuit, Wyoming’s HB 0123 accuses Washington of unconstitutionally interfering with interstate and global commerce.
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Europe’s Energy Crack-Up
By Christa Marshall
E&E News
LaPorte, TX (Jan. 16, 2018) – The European Union has set out to show the world how it can be saved from climate change. No country has been more prominent in this than Germany. 

At the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Germany reneged on a deal with President George H. W. Bush by advocating targets and timetables for emissions cuts that they had agreed wouldn’t be in the United Nations climate-change convention. Germany pledged to cut its own greenhouse-gas emissions by 25 to 30 per cent by 2005 and subsequently set a 40 percent target to be reached by 2020. 

Thanks to German reunification, the first 20 percent was achieved by closing down the former East Germany’s heavy industry and its most polluting power stations. With emissions on course for only a 30 percent cut by 2020, three months ago Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to explain that it was always clear that it would not be easy to save another 20 percent “at a time of relatively strong economic development.” 

The more you grow, the more carbon dioxide you produce. Logically, then, decarbonization policies mean lower growth. The elixir of carbon-free growth turns out to be snake oil after all.

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Rail Fight Threatens Coal Giants’ Australian Exports
By Sonali Paul
* Aurizon warns revenue cap will lower rail throughput
* Projected cuts would outweigh impact of Cyclone Debbie
* Coal industry urges Aurizon to hold off maintenance changes (Recasts, adds Aurizon CEO, industry comments, export details)
MELBOURNE (Feb. 12, 2018) – Australia’s top coal hauler, Aurizon Holdings Ltd, is on course for a showdown with the world’s biggest coal exporters after a regulator capped the revenue it can charge at A$1 billion ($783 million) less than the company sought.

And others face cuts of nearly a tenth of their coal export volumes from Queensland state, the country’s biggest coal exporter, after Aurizon said the tough revenue cap would cut throughput on its network.
The expected drop in coal traffic would be worse than last year’s losses after Cyclone Debbie, which cut exports by 16 million tons and sent prices for metallurgical coal, used in steel-making, skyrocketing.
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Hampton Roads Ports Benefiting from the 2017 Coal-Export Revival
By Todd Spencer
The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK (Jan. 21, 2018) – Nearly 20 ships were anchored off Cape Charles early last week, most if not all of them colliers waiting to pick up coal destined for ports all over the world.

Just a couple of years ago, you might have seen only a few vessels at a time in the same location.

Not anymore. They’re back.

Hampton Roads is the biggest coal-exporting port in the country. Baltimore is right behind it. And they’re both in the vanguard of what appears to be a U.S. coal-export revival.

Between 2016 and 2017, coal exports from Hampton Roads have surged by 58.8 percent, according to data from Norfolk-based T. Parker Host Inc., the largest ship agent in the nation for vessels carrying dry-bulk cargoes.

Baltimore saw a 42.8 percent increase.
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Ohio State Research:  A Fossil Fuel Technology that Doesn’t Pollute 

Process Can Use Coal, Shale Gas and Biomass While Consuming Carbon Dioxide

By Pam Frost Gorder
Ohio State University
COLUMBUS (Jan. 4, 2018) – Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

In the first of two papers published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the engineers report that they’ve devised a process that transforms shale gas into products such as methanol and gasoline–all while consuming carbon dioxide. This process can also be applied to coal and biomass to produce useful products.

Under certain conditions, the technology consumes all the carbon dioxide it produces plus additional carbon dioxide from an outside source.

In the second paper, they report that they’ve found a way to greatly extend the lifetime of the particles that enable the chemical reaction to transform coal or other fuels to electricity and useful products over a length of time that is useful for commercial operation.

Finally, the same team has discovered and patented a way with the potential to lower the capital costs in producing a fuel gas called synthesis gas, or “syngas,” by about 50 percent over the traditional technology.

The technology, known as chemical looping, uses metal oxide particles in high-pressure reactors to “burn” fossil fuels and biomass without the presence of oxygen in the air. The metal oxide provides the oxygen for the reaction.

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CARBON CAPTURE: ‘Revolutionary’ Pilot uses CO2 to Drive Turbines 
By Christa Marshall
E&E News
LaPorte, TX (Jan. 16, 2018) – On a 5-acre plot near Houston, a startup company is firing up a project that has been called “revolutionary” and a “breakthrough.” It could change electricity forever, boosters say.

Whether that is wild hyperbole or a possibility will soon be clearer. The 50-megawatt demonstration from NET Power LLC in La Porte, now fully built after breaking ground two years ago, is the world’s largest attempt to use carbon dioxide rather than steam to drive a turbine.

NET envisions burning natural gas in pure oxygen and producing CO2 ready for storage or use, eliminating the need for a capture unit.

If all goes well, developers are planning to build an additional 300-MW plant that is emissions-free, without polluting smokestacks.
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