Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption. Coal-fired power generation fell by a record 18% year-on-year to its lowest level since 1975. Coal-driven decline. It also marks the end of a decade in which total US coal generation was cut in half.

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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, cheap renewables, tax credits: Today's Car News

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A new report shows that building new renewable power can be cheaper than running old coal plants. California regulatory documents show range estimates for the new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Automakers join forces to lobby for extending electric-car tax credits. And California preps for half a million electric cars. All this and more on Green Car. Car Sharing


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Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

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Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected demand for coal, and increased production of cheap natural gas obtained through "fracking" in the U.S. Peabody is also saddled with debt from its $5.2 billion of Australian. Carbon Footprint emissions energy policy climate change electric utilities plug-in cars energy air pollution

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Underground Coal Gasification Company In Partnership to Test Alkaline Fuel Cells for Power Generation

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Australia-based underground coal gasification (UCG) company Linc Energy ( earlier post ) has signed an exclusive agreement with the UK-based alkaline fuel cell technology company AFC Energy Plc and its related company, B9 Coal ( earlier post ). The agreement gives Linc Energy the exclusive right to test the AFC Fuel Cell Technology on hydrogen produced from Underground Coal Gasification (UCG). Tags: Coal Gasification Hydrogen Production Power Generation

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Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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The arrival of cheap battery storage will mean that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar, so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear. Coal emerges as the biggest loser in the long run. Batteries Coal Emissions Forecasts Power Generation Solar Wind

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IEA World Energy Outlook view on the transport sector to 2035; passenger car fleet doubling to almost 1.7B units, driving oil demand up to 99 mb/d; reconfirming the end of cheap oil

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Oil and the Transport Sector: Reconfirming the End of Cheap Oil. Prospects for coal are especially sensitive to energy policies – notably in China, which today accounts for almost half of global demand. More efficient power plants and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology could boost prospects for coal, but the latter still faces significant regulatory, policy and technical barriers that make its deployment uncertain.

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BNEF: steel industry set to pivot to hydrogen in green push; additional $278B for clean capacity and retrofits

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The report “Decarbonizing Steel: A Net-Zero Pathway” outlines the path to making profitable, low-emissions steel and describes how a combination of falling hydrogen costs, cheap clean power, and increased recycling could reduce emissions to net zero, even while total output increases.

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Researchers use chemical looping process to produce hydrogen from hydrogen sulfide gas

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The process uses relatively little energy and a relatively cheap material—iron sulfide with a trace amount of molybdenum as an additive.

New nickel-based catalyst could lead to more efficient production of biomass-derived fuels and chemicals

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Chemists at the University of Illinois report the development of a nickel-based homogeneous catalyst that could more effectively support the production of fuels and chemical feedstocks from biomass as well as improved liquefaction of coal. In addition, brown coal’s polymeric network contains aromatic C-O bonds inherited from lignocellulosic biomass, and the liquefaction of these bonds could facilitate the liquefaction of this carbon source and its conversion to arene feedstocks.To

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Linc Energy Chinchilla UCG to Liquids Demo Plant Producing High-Quality Synthetic Hydrocarbons

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During the first half of 2009, the Linc Energy Limited Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) to Liquids demonstration plant at Chinchilla ( earlier post ) ran four major production campaigns each of which has seen further improvements in plant performance, according to the company. Linc Energy says it can now use this abundant and relatively cheap gas to make synthetic liquid hydrocarbons (with a focus on diesel). “My Best Practices in Underground Coal Gasification (LLNL).

2009 150

That Super Sexy Clean Tech Roundtable, Part II of a Greenius Exclusive

Creative Greenius

Foster’s trying to get those ships to switch from their ultra cheap and dirty “Bunker fuel&# to distillate fuel. Tags: Environmental Politics Killer Coal News Media Saving Energy Sustainability Yes We Can! If you’re like me you would have found Tuesday’s gathering in Santa Monica a very sexy day at the beach.

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BNEF report finds hydrogen promising decarbonization pathway, but carbon prices and emissions policies required

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Renewable hydrogen can be made by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, using electricity generated by cheap wind or solar power. Carbon prices and emission policies will still be essential to drive hydrogen use, particularly in locations with very cheap coal and gas.

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The Greenius Solution To All California’s Problems: AB 920 + AB 811

Creative Greenius

And all that available cheap solar electricity is what’s going to drive the sales explosion of electric and plug-in vehicles in California just as they’re becoming available over the next three years. Tags: Environmental Politics Killer Coal Saving Energy Yes We Can! AB 920 + AB 811 = Solar Powered Electric Cars & PV Powered Charging Stations. I used to get frustrated with people when they couldn’t grok what was so blatantly obvious to me.

2009 174

Mad Power thoughts

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Coal – the cheapest option and the only energy source with low-cost storage in the shape of a big heap of the stuff – was ruled out as too carbon-rich, even though countries such as China are currently building scores of new coal-fired plants.

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UK power crisis – entirely the fault of regulators and ministers

EV Info

We have closed most of the coal plants and several the aging nuclear plants are moving offline as they close for repair of reach end of life. Coal 3%. Why, simple the US embraced Fracking to produce bountifully supplies of cheap gas.

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Linc produces high quality results

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The Linc Energy Limited Underground Coal Gasification to Liquids demonstration plant at Chinchilla has enjoyed its most successful operation to date producing high quality synthetic hydrocarbon products throughout May. The process of underground coal gasification allows coal to be converted to a syngas and then be used as a fuel for power generation or as a chemical feedstock.

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CMU study finds controlled EV charging can reduce generation cost, but at greater health and environmental costs depending upon the generation mix

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In a study focused on the PJM portion of the US electricity grid, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) found that although charging electric vehicles at night (when electricity is cheap and wind power is typically more plentiful) could lower electricity costs, doing so also creates more air emissions, and that the health and environmental costs from these emissions outweigh the electricity cost savings.

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S. Korean researchers develop new catalytic pathway for direct conversion of CO2 to liquid hydrocarbon fuels

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Making hydrocarbons out of CO 2 must overcome two challenges—chemical stability of the CO 2 molecule and a cheap and renewable hydrogen source. A team led by Professor Jae Sung Lee at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), with colleagues at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), have developed a new pathway for the direct conversion of CO 2 to liquid transportation fuels by reaction with renewable hydrogen produced by solar water splitting.

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Lux Research: cost of electrofuels remains far from viable

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Building a cost model for the electrolysis process—considering electricity from various routes, such as natural gas and coal as well as renewable electricity from biomass, solar, and wind, as well as generously assuming commercial scale production—Lux found that electrofuels produced from microbes cost $230 per barrel, while a catalytic conversion to make electrofuels produces fuels for $208 per barrel. Production costs per barrel of oil equivalent. Source: Lux Research.

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Europe/US team: transitioning to a low-carbon world will create new rivalries, winners and losers

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For example, rich countries such as Germany can throw billions of dollars at their coal sector to ease their transition pain, offering generous financial aid to lignite-producing regions. Petro-states are compensated to transition smoothly to a sustainable economy, avoiding a last-ditch attempt to flood the world with cheap oil and gas. This drives the development of fossil fuels, including coal and shale production, as well as renewables.

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Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap. Coal still supplies more power in the US than anything else, with natural gas next. However, building more coal and gas power plants to make miles for transport is counter-productive if the game plan is to reduce carbon output. by Henry Hewitt for Oilprice.com.

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Perspective: Despite Solyndra’s death, the future of solar energy is sunny

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With subsidies long in place for nuclear, coal and gas in the US along with the cheap cost of production for coal and natural gas, solar is essentially competing with that $0.10/kWh average cost of electricity in the United States and globally. The US has 1,750 MW of PV planned for 2011 and currently employs 100,000 people, more than coal mining or steel manufacturing. by Steven Pleging, CEO/President of Quantum Solar Power Corp.

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Lockheed Martin pursuing compact nuclear fusion reactor concept

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The fundamental problem with the tokamak is that you cannot blanket and shield a toroidal (doughnut shaped) vessel cheap enough to make an economical reactor. According to the UW team’s analysis, their new sustainment method may lead to fusion power that is cost competitive with coal.

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ARPA-E Soliciting Second Round of Proposals; $100 Million for Advanced Energy Research Projects, with Focus on CO2-to-Liquid Fuels, Plug-in Batteries and Carbon Capture

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Coal-fired power plants currently generate approximately 50% of the electricity in the United States. While coal is a cheap and abundant resource, the continued reliance upon coal as an energy source could potentially have serious consequences in terms of global warming.

2009 183

Naysayer Alert – the hydrogen red herring

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The energy stored within hydrogen has been imparted from electrical energy through the electrolytic hydrogen production process or more likely in the refinement of fossil fuels such as coal seam (methane) gas – both are energy intensive processes in themselves. .

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Does the US Senate Have The Balls To Stand Up For Your Children? Not Without YOU Forcing Them To

Creative Greenius

They’ve proven it time and time again by continually folding like a cheap umbrella whenever the time came for them to lead us to a better climate and energy future. That’s what happens when you’ve been bought out and completely co-opted by business interests who place a higher value on the money they rake in then the lives of the people who pay them.

2010 163

From Scooters to High Speed Rail, China is Electrifying

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We really don’t need more cheap gas cars. Largely dependent on domestic coal, cities are smothered in smog. Factories, including a solar panel plant I know of, have had to curtail production because coal can’t be shipped fast enough to supply electricity generation plants. Transportation of freight, including coal, will be relieved by moving passengers off the freight path and on to the growing high speed rail network. I’m sure I’m not the first to say it.

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Researchers identify pentlandite as equally efficient alternative to platinum for hydrogen production

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Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum describes the results of their work together with colleagues from the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Technical University of Bratislava in an open-access paper published in Nature Communications. Altogether, the natural ore pentlandite is a highly abundant, cheap, robust and highly efficient electrocatalyst for the HER reaction that will allow for a significant boost of non-noble metal catalysts.

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CMU researchers find controlled charging of PHEVs can cut cost of integration into electricity system by 54-73%; higher benefits with wind power

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At these times other load is likely to be low, and coal plants would likely need to be cycled, adding costs and emissions that could be saved with smart charging of PEVs. We need to keep in mind that fossil fuel plants are typically cheap to operate, so reducing cost can sometimes result in increased emissions.

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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Cheap gas prices and a strong economy are creating increased goods movement and prompting Californians to drive more. The decade-long nationwide slide in emissions from power production reflects the electric power sector shifting away from coal and toward less carbon-intensive fuels.

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Stanford team develops new ultrahigh surface area 3D porous graphitic carbon material for improved energy storage

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Furthermore, they are generally synthesized from coal or biomass (e.g., Our designer carbon is simple to make, relatively cheap and meets all of the critical requirements for high-performance electrodes. Stanford University scientists have created a new ultrahigh surface area three-dimensional porous graphitic carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies.

2015 195

Opinion: The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?

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Liam Halligan, a columnist for the Telegraph, says “the real danger” of closer Russian-Chinese ties is not a bust-up between China and the US, which could threaten crucial shipping routes for China-bound coal and LNG, but its impact on the US dollar. “If Having that status would allow China cheap access to world capital markets and cheaper transaction costs on international trade, not to mention increased clout as an economic power commensurate with its rising proportion of world commerce.

2014 200

Failed Local Paper Put Out Of Its Misery - By Creative Greenius!

Creative Greenius

It’s not even cheap at twenty five cents an issue. The level of “green around the edges&# he offers is praising the military for their great environmental record and promoting the use of “green coal.&# No one ever comments on his posts and his impact is the equivalent of a man talking to his own hand. Greenius Blog Fires Daily Breeze Editors, Takes Over Environmental Coverage.

2009 150

Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The vision is fuelled by the fear of climate change and the need to find green alternatives to dirty coal, unpopular nuclear power and unreliable gas imports from Russia. Are we going to burn more oil, natural gas, or (gasp) coal to produce it? So, the used batteries are almost arbitrarily cheap since an arbitrarily large fraction of their cost of production can be loaded on their use in transportation. The coal ash is known to have many toxic metals and other pollutants.

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Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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Cap-and-trade was first tried on a significant scale twenty years ago under the first Bush administration as a way to address the problem of airborne sulfur dioxide pollution–widely known as acid rain–from coal-burning power plants in the eastern United States. But in trying to assemble a majority to pass it, Mr. Waxman and Mr. Markey dished out a cornucopia of concessions and exemptions to coal companies, utilities, refiners, heavy industry and agribusinesses.

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Perspective: Why Carbon Emissions Should Not Have Been the Focus of the UN Climate Change Summit and Why the 15th Conference of the Parties Should Have Focused on Technology Transfer

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Experts predict that by the year 2060 global warming, if left unchecked, could result in a temperature rise of seven degrees Fahrenheit higher than temperatures before the Industrial Revolution when man started widespread use of coal and other fossil fuels. Financial Aid—agreeing how much wealthy nations should pay poor nations to help them protect themselves from climate change and to shift away from burning coal and other fossil fuels, which contribute to climate change.

2009 212

Dodge Circuit EV First Drive: electric car makes grand promises on Earth Day

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

I also think it will be cheap, which is why I think someone will buy the group. Sorry, but electrics and electric power plants are so efficient that CO2 emissions are less than gassers even when the electricity comes from coal - and a lot of electricity doesnt come from coal. from coal. Well, the cheapest source is from steam reformed fossil fuels, and that process produces CO2, especially when that fossil fuel is coal.

Buffett's Chinese electric car company

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The Shenzhen manufacturing region, where the company is headquartered, is known for cheap unskilled labor, but BYD’s competitive advantage derives from its cheap skilled labor. Sign Up Login All Posts | About & Contact Us | Get a TEC Badge | Getting Started with The Energy Collective Cutting-edge insight on energy and climate that you wont find anywhere but here.

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Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Furthermore, changing the battery pack on say a Toyota Prius often costs a fortune, at least in most European countries, so such cars better be VERY cheap, but they’re not. Even if you charge your EV with electricity made from coal fired generators you reduce your car’s pollution by half. Li is now the same cost of AGM, sealed lead batteries and soon will be as cheap as and replace lead batteries in EV’s because they weight 1/3-1/4 the weight/cap.

Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Renewables That Even Coal-Based Utilities Can Love. Millions will plug-in their electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCV) at night when electricity is cheap, then plug-in during the day when energy is expensive and sell those extra electrons at a profit. And yes, buy cheap (night) sell high (day) and sell local (remember there are HUGE line losses in the common interstate grids- more so in daytime high power draw hours.

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Greentech Media | ECOtality CEO: Fast Charging and Why Battery Swapping Is Doomed

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Given the cost of oil and the economic, geopolitical and ecological effects of our continued reliance on petroleum, electric transportation will be cheap. Finally, on the issue of replacing millions of small smoke stacks (cars) with a few larger ones (utility plants): We stand a much better chance of producing cleaner electricity (solar, wind, clean coal solutions, nuclear) than we do of creating cleaner fuels for our cars.

2009 29

Report from the REFF-Wall Street; Themes in Renewable Energy Finance

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In general, the sponsor’s goal is to use as much cheap debt financing and as little equity as possible to complete the deal. Following that logic, a 400 basis point penalty in borrowing cost would increase your delivered price by $0.008 to $0.02/ kWh which is significant when you are competing against coal with an ex-works price of $0.05/ kWh total. by Bill Cooke.

Why Warren Buffett is investing in electric car company BYD - Apr. 13, 2009

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

They generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than cars that burn gasoline, and they have lower fuel costs, even when oil is cheap. Thats because electric engines are more efficient than internal-combustion engines, and because generating energy on a large scale (in coal or nuclear plants) is less wasteful than doing it on a small scale (by burning gasoline in an internal-combustion engine).

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