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 energy plan keeps the coal fires burning as long as possible
energy plan keeps the coal fires burning as long as possible

Australian households must prepare for a mammoth overhaul of the nation’s electricity grid as investment surges into renewable energy, sparking a new call to keep coal-fired power stations running for decades to help with the transition.The nation’s energy market operator has warned that Australians are exposed “more than ever” to the risks and costs of the disruption as it sets out a series of major projects needed to improve the capacity and reliability of the electricity grid.With almost 80 per cent of new energy projects using wind and solar generation, the peak regulator has outlined a sweeping investment plan including new transmission lines, battery storage and expanded hydro-electric projects to cope with the change.The Australian Energy Market Operator forecasts the closure of coa

xcel energy plans to retire two coal-fired plants in pueblo, increase renewables

Xcel Energy on Tuesday continued its shift away from coal, announcing an agreement to retire two of its three coal-burning units at the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo while adding substantially more wind, solar and natural gas generation.Xcel Energy will request competitive bids before the end of the year for 1,000 megawatts of additional wind, 700 megawatts of solar and 700 megawatts of natural gas power generation under its "Colorado Energy Plan."The state's largest utility also said it will retire 660 megawatts of coal-generated power from Comanche Unit 1, built in 1973, and Comanche Unit 2, built in 1975. It will continue to operate the newer and cleaner coal-fired Unit 3, which came online in 2010 and has a capacity of 750 megawatts."It is really about the economics," David Eve

hundreds march in berlin to demand an end to using coal

Protestors attend a demonstration demanding the end of burning coal to produce electricity, in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, June 24, 2018. The words on the balloons read: 'Stop Coal' and ' Save Climate'. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)Hundreds of protesters are marching through the German capital to demand an end to burning coal to produce electricity.
The demonstrators—many of them families pushing strollers, people on bikes and samba bands—walked through the Berlin's government district on Sunday ahead of next week's first meeting of Germany's commission on exiting coal use.Germany has invested a lot in renewable energy but still heavily relies on coal, which creates harmful carbon emissions when burnt. About 22 percent of Germany's electricity comes from burning soft lignite coal—and a further 1

trump administration weighs new plan to prop up coal industry

It didn’t get a lot of attention last year, but the Trump administration came up with an outlandish energy plan to help the coal industry. It was shot down, though it’s apparently making something of a comeback.It’s no secret that the coal and nuclear industries are facing some serious challenges, including having more than a few old power plants, which are widely seen as obsolete. Making matters worse, they’re facing tough competition from natural gas and renewable power. As a Vox piece explained in October, Energy Secretary Rick Perry came up with a plan that would have effectively bailed out the industries by requiring utility companies to pay coal and nuclear power plants “for all their costs and all the power they produce, whether those plants are needed or not.”Or put another way, th

scientists develop a new technology of energy generation from bituminous coal

Mini coal-fired CHP plant on the basis of synthesis gas generator (CO + H2) and electrochemical current generator (experiment/factory). Credit: Sergey ShchekleinBituminous coal comprises over 90 percent of organic fuels in the lithosphere of the Earth. Burning coal and other fossil fuels powers electricity generation (which is mainly happening at HPPs). However, the existing generation methods are not efficient, bad for the environment, and extremely resource-demanding (i.e. producing a lot of waste). Coal production and burning result in soil and air pollution, and adversely influence flora and fauna.
If fossil fuels could be directly converted into electrical energy, this would simplify and at the same time improve the structure of electrical power plants. Such direct conversion is pos

russian scientists developed a new technology of energy generation from bitumino

IMAGE: Mini coal-fired CHP plant on the basis of synthesis gas generator (CO + H2) and electrochemical current generator (experiment/factory).
view more Credit: Sergey ShchekleinBituminous coal comprises over 90% of organic fuels in the lithosphere of the Earth. By burning coal and other fossil fuels one can get electrical power (which is mainly happening at HPPs). However, the existing generation methods are not efficient, bad for the environment, and extremely resource-demanding (i.e. producing a lot of waste). Coal production and burning lead to soil and air pollution and adversely influence flora and fauna.If fossil fuels could be directly converted into electrical energy, this would simplify and at the same time improve the structure of electrical power plants. Such direct conversio

trump tosses obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal

Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.

xcel: no more coal-burning at valmont plant in boulder

During his appearance this week at a Boulder City Council study session on municipalization, David Eves, the president of Xcel Energy — Colorado, revealed a piece of news seven years coming.The Valmont power plant east of Boulder has burned its last trainload of coal, he said.Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo confirmed Eves' announcement in an email, stating that the company stopped burning coal at Valmont on March 3. Other gas-fired generation at the plant will continue, she said.Xcel announced in 2010 its intention to stop burning coal in Boulder, as part of a plan to cooperate with the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act that had been signed into law by then-Gov. Bill Ritter.That announcement was preceded by numerous protests in Boulder against the Valmont plant, and many climate activists greeted

despite clean power plan rollback, utilities say coal isn’t ascendant

EnlargeKym FarnikShare this storyDespite the executive order signed by President Trump this afternoon to roll back the Clean Power Plan, it’s unclear that much will change in the US for the declining coal industry. An annual survey conducted by UtilityDive and research firm PA Consulting asked 600 utility executives from around the country to answer a series of questions about how their utility is run and how it’s preparing for the future. Notably, only four percent of the respondents said that they expected to increase coal power in their energy mix moderately or significantly. Most responded that coal power would remain the same or decrease over the next 10 years. Fifty-two percent of the respondents expected coal power to “decrease significantly” in their energy mix.The story is similar

despite clean power plan rollback, utilities say coal isn’t ascendant

EnlargeKym FarnikShare this storyDespite the executive order signed by President Trump this afternoon to roll back the Clean Power Plan, it’s unclear that much will change in the US for the declining coal industry. An annual survey conducted by UtilityDrive and research firm PA Consulting asked 600 utility executives from around the country to answer a series of questions about how their utility is run and how it’s preparing for the future. Notably, only four percent of the respondents said that they expected to increase coal power in their energy mix moderately or significantly. Most responded that coal power would remain the same or decrease over the next 10 years. Fifty-two percent of the respondents expected coal power to “decrease significantly” in their energy mix.The story is simila

public asks xcel energy to get more aggressive in retiring coal plants

Dozens of people testified for four hours before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday evening in support of a plan to shutter two Xcel Energy coal units in Pueblo early and replace them with wind, solar and natural gas sources.But the support was mostly conditional. Many wanted Xcel Energy to close down even more coal plants, to not shift retirement costs onto ratepayers and to stay away from using natural gas as a replacement.“Why retire just two coal fired plants when they could all be economically be retired?" asked Gary Norton, a Lone Tree resident and one of several people at the hearing concerned about climate change.“This transition from coal is obvious, necessary and the right thing to do," said Denver resident Julie Lang.Under the Colorado Energy Plan agreement tha

amid coal plant closures, coal mines open (but not for electricity)

Enlarge/ Railroad tracks sit in front of mounds of coking coal piled behind a barbed wire fence at the AK Steel Holding Corp. mill in Middletown, Ohio, US, on Friday, September 23, 2016. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesGetty ImagesShare this storyOn Friday, just a day after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL) said that it would retire five coal-burning electricity generating units and one natural gas-burning unit (the natural gas unit originally burned coal but had been converted). The generating units, all of which are more than 50 years old, are spread among three different power plants and constitute 900 MW of capacity, according to E&E News. The coal-fired units will all be retired b

energy secretary proposes rule to make grid managers favor coal, nuclear

Matt HintsaShare this storyToday, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry directed the nation’s federal grid regulator to create rules favoring coal, hydroelectric, and nuclear generators. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) (PDF) stated that the Federal Energy Regulatory Council (FERC) must order grid operators to increase how they value “reliability and resilience attributes” in energy generation.Although no specific electricity sources were mentioned as beneficiaries of the rule, generating units that can hold a 90-day supply of fuel on site would be favored. Coal, nuclear, and hydroelectric power plants fit the bill, and variably-generating renewable resources like wind and solar would be left out of whatever compensation scheme comes out of FERC's rulemaking process.Promoting coal has bee

bloomberg donates $64 million to fight trump's coal agenda

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation is donating $64 million to a Sierra Club program seeking to phase out coal-fired power plants and reduce planet-warming carbon emissions.
The billionaire media mogul announced the gift in Washington on Wednesday, two days after the Trump administration said it would dismantle the Clean Power Plan. The Obama-era air pollution rules were intended to cut U.S. carbon emissions by about one-third below 2005 levels by 2030.Bloomberg's donation will continue his foundation's support the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, which works to close coal-fired power plants and promote clean-energy alternatives.U.S. utilities have phased out nearly half of their coal plants since 2011, with many switching to cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas.Presi

sorry, burning our recyclables isn't the solution

A key objective of the circular economy is to avoid waste in the first place, with reuse where possible, and recycling the next best option.Some waste-to-energy plants are still in operation in Europe but the intention is to phase them out, in recognition that waste-to-energy is only appropriate for that which cannot be recycled. Meanwhile, this category of ''unrecyclable'' is steadily shrinking with each innovation that harnesses a ''waste'' product as a resource.In the past, Victoria recycled all of its own plastics, glass, paper and cardboard and this recycling industry, has never quite disappeared. However, it is in dire need of revitalisation, through a regulatory framework that provides incentives for production of, and downstream purchase of, recycled goods. This could ensure that a

theresa may’s laboured energy stunt | british politics | energy

The real problem is not corporate greed but government policy. Our energy bills are much higher than they otherwise would be thanks to the drive to decarbonise energy production. Subsidies and guaranteed selling prices are offered to low-carbon sources of power like solar, wind, nuclear and – most egregiously of all, perhaps – ‘biomass’, which mostly means importing timber pellets from North America to burn in power stations instead of coal. Just how ‘low carbon’ burning wood instead of coal really is is the subject of fierce debate, but we’re being made to pay for the privilege regardless. Meanwhile, green taxes have been slapped on energy sources like coal and gas to make them less attractive. Although emissions rules have pretty much wiped out coal-fired power generation in any event. E

china says coal consumption falls for third year

The burning of coal for electricity and heating is the main cause of China's notorious smog which has caused increasing public discontentChina's world-leading coal consumption fell for the third straight year in 2016, government data showed Tuesday, as the planet's biggest carbon emitter struggles to break its addiction to the heavily polluting fuel.
Coal consumption fell by 4.7 percent year-on-year in 2016, and the share of coal in the country's energy mix slipped to 62.0 percent, down 2.0 percent year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a report.Overall coal production also fell, dropping 9.0 percent to 3.41 billion tonnes in 2016.The data suggests that "coal consumption probably peaked around 2014," according to a statement from environmental group China Dialogue.It add

renewable coal on the horizon

Coal fueled the Industrial Revolution, but it took eons to form. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth has introduced what might be called "instant coal": an energy-dense biofuel made from wood and agricultural waste in the Natural Resources Research Institute's (NRRI) Renewable Energy Lab.

trump tosses obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, third from left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, signs an Energy Independence Executive Order, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at EPA headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.
The move makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming. The order seeks to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.Environmental activists, including former V

coal on the rise in china, us, india after major 2016 drop

The world's biggest coal users China, the United States and India have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year's record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions.Mining data reviewed by The Associated Press show that production through May is up by at least 121 million tons, or 6 per cent, for the three countries compared to the same period last year.The change is most dramatic in the US, where coal mining rose 19 per cent in the first five months of the year, according to US Department of Energy data.Coal's fortunes had appeared to hit a new low less than two weeks ago, when British energy company BP reported that tonnage mined worldwide fell 6.5 per cent in 2016, the largest drop on record. China

don't wait for elon musk ... we all have power to be energy heroes

There is no single answer to our energy woes. However, there is one quiet solution that is cheaper, quicker and cleaner than batteries, pumped hydro storage or gas or coal, but has been long neglected by our energy policymakers.

clean energy finance corporation lobbying for wood-fired power to replace coal

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has stepped up its lobbying of senior Coalition and Labor politicians for Australia to use wood waste to "co-fire" coal power stations and reduce carbon emissions.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation backs wood waste to help replace coal-fired power. Photo: Glenn Hunt The corporation was established by the Gillard government to help drive investment into renewable energy sources.Biomass products, such as wood pellets, are widely used overseas to help reduce emissions and are permissible under Australia's current renewable energy target, but not yet financially competitive.The pellets are already produced in Australia by such companies as the Queensland-based Altus but are sold and shipped overseas to Europe, Britain, Japan and South Korea for use in

xcel energy receives shockingly low bids for colorado electricity from renewable

Renewable-energy developers have offered to supply Xcel Energy with electricity at the lowest prices quoted in the U.S., including solar and wind options with energy storage priced below what coal-generated power in the state costs."The response was amazing.The world is our oyster. It was like walking into a Las Vegas buffet," said Erin Overturf, chief energy counsel for Western Resource Advocates, one of several environmental groups that want the utility to reduce its dependence on coal.Xcel last year estimated it would need 450 megawatts of additional generation to meet future demand under its 2016 Electric Resource Plan.In August, Xcel and several other parties reached an agreement known as the Clean Energy Plan to shutter two older coal plants in Pueblo, but only if lower-cost alternat

burning coal profitable, pm says amid liddell power station confusion

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says burning coal has never been more profitable for energy companies as he continues efforts to keep open a NSW coal-fired power station due for closure. But there’s confusion over whether the Liddell power station will be sold, with its owner resolute it’s not selling it off, despite the Prime Minister asserting he’s in talks with the company to find a buyer.Mr Turnbull on Wednesday warned there will be up to 1000 megawatt shortage in baseload dispatchable power generation with the 2022 closure of the station, located in the NSW Hunter region.MORE NEWS:Explainer: Who are the Rohingya Muslims?As protests and Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai call for the violence to end against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, SBS World News takes a look at the origi

dear donald trump: 'clean coal' doesn't exist

Unfortunately, he isn't alone. "Clean coal" has been used as a euphemistic tool by advertisers, lobbyists and politicians for nearly a decade. The phrase was created in 2008 by the advertising agency R&R Partners -- the same folks who invented the Las Vegas slogan, "What happens here, stays here" -- and it's been weaponized in debates and ad campaigns ever since. The initial "clean coal" ads were bankrolled to the tune of $35 million by the world's largest mining company, the largest US coal mining company and a handful of other energy-industry giants.The coal industry was facing a crisis in 2008, as the public and states began discussing humanity's impact on global warming, and the federal government began floating plans for new carbon-emissions regulations. So, "clean coal" was born.The

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