From coal miner to wind-farm worker: Wyoming retraining program

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President Donald Trump has announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Pact, but private companies and other entities are taking on the challenge of clean energy themselves. Goldwind Americas, a subsidiary of a leading Chinese wind-turbine manufacturer, continues to expand in the United States and it has eyed Wyoming.

4 companies jointly propose $8B green energy initiative for LA area; Wyoming wind, Utah storage, transmission

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Four companies—Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand and Duke-American Transmission—have proposed a first-in-the-US, $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023.

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Wyoming Clean Coal Task Force wards $8.8M to 9 projects for 2011, including coal-to-liquids

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In its latest round of funding, reviewed last month by the state’s Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee, the Wyoming Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) endorsed nine projects covering research in the fields of carbon capture and sequestration, gasification technology, post-combustion methods, gas clean-up and coal-to-liquids conversion.

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Peabody Energy Grants $2M to Develop Coal Energy Technology Lab at the University of Wyoming

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The University of Wyoming (UW) has received a $2 million grant from coal giant Peabody Energy to create the Peabody Energy Clean Coal Technology Laboratory in the UW Energy Resources Center in Laramie. This gift will be doubled by the Wyoming State Legislature matching fund.

Linc Energy Acquires Wyoming Coal Assets for Underground Gasification and Gas-to-Liquids

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Australia-based Linc Energy Limited has signed a purchase agreement to acquire a 100% interest in 92,059 acres of coal tenement lease areas in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming USA from GasTech Inc, a company based in Casper Wyoming. Linc Energy will establish an office in Wyoming to ensure completion of an underground coal gasification (UCG) pilot program and to support its planned commercialization of UCG to Gas to Liquid (GTL) in the USA.

As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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Battery electric vehicles are only as clean as the energy source used to generate the electricity that powers them. The increases occurred only in Alaska (from 9% to 11%) and in Wyoming (from 94% to 96%). by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

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DOE to Award $25M to Two Consortia for US-China Clean Energy Research with Combined Funding of $100M; Focus on EVs and Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University—a total of $25 million over the next five years under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The funding will be matched by the grantees to provide at least $50 million in total US funding and will facilitate joint research and development of clean energy technologies by the United States and China.

MIT study: half of US deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

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More than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur, MIT researchers report in a paper in the journal Nature.

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US DOI finalizes plan for oil shale and oil sands research, demonstration and development

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar last week announced the Department of the Interior’s final plan for encouraging research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and oil sands resources on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The Record of Decision (ROD) and plan amendments make some 700,000 acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming available for potential oil shale leasing and about 130,000 acres available for potential oil sands leasing in Utah.

Major spill from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas

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Emergency response efforts are focused on ensuring the safety of the community members and the response workers, addressing community concerns and the clean-up process. Clean-up crews have deployed 2,000 feet of boom and have mobilized 15 vacuum trucks to the site to clean up the oil.

Idaho National Laboratory low-energy electrochemical process could eliminate need for steam cracking of hydrocarbons

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In an open-access paper in the RSC journal Energy and Environmental Science , the researchers suggest that their study provides a disruptive approach for petrochemical manufacturing, shifting the paradigm from thermal chemical practice to a clean energy regime.

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MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations. MSU will take the lead on research related to agriculture and biofertilizers, food security, clean energy, and water supply and quality.

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EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use: EPA-verified retrofit technologies or certified engine configurations. Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming): EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $1,500,000.

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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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The team, which includes researchers from Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, seeks to identify a framework of carbon mitigation strategies that would minimize conflicts with food security and clean energy production priorities. This consortium among researchers in Delaware, Mississippi and Wyoming studies the technological potential of novel biochar-based materials for carbon dioxide capture, water purification, and food production.

ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

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A study by a team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that state electric vehicle incentives are playing a significant early role in reducing the effective cost of ownership and driving electric vehicle sales.

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IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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Enefit Technology comprises a novel combination of processing units, each of them serving special purposes such as drying and pyrolysis of oil shale, combustion of semi-coke, as well as the dedusting and cleaning of vapors and gases.

Salazar: Obama Administration Keeping Oil Shale Development an Option

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Separately, Governors Ritter, Jon Huntsman (Utah) and Dave Freudenthal (Wyoming) called on President Barack Obama to support speedy development of “clean coal” technology. The Salt Lake Tribune. The Obama Administration will push an energy plan that potentially includes production of oil shale, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a group of Western governors assembled in Washington at the National Governor’s Association meeting.

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Coulomb Racks Up Series of Charging Infrastructure Wins

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The Katholieke High School of Limburg, Belgium (KHLim) will deploy ChargePoint Networked Charging stations as part of the first European Clean Mobility Center in Belgium. The objective of the Clean Mobility Center is to create awareness with municipalities and corporations by demonstrating the solution and offering expertise.

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. expanding cleanup operations in Yellowstone River

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ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPC) said it is expanding its clean up operation following a release of an estimated 750–1,000 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana from the company’s Silvertip pipeline. This system originates at the Wyoming - Montana border.

EPA and DOT direct ExxonMobil on corrective actions on Silvertip pipeline after rupture

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EPA issued an order to ExxonMobil, pursuant to the Clean Water Act, directing the company to take a number of clean-up and restoration activities as a result of an oil spill into the Yellowstone River. transports crude oil from the Silvertip station in Elk Basin, Wyoming, to an ExxonMobil refinery in Billings, Montana. More than 300 people are along the river banks today to clean up oil.

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

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At Linc Energy’s site in Orroroo, South Australia and at many of Linc Energy’s Wyoming (USA) sites, the nature of the coal is such that Linc Energy will be producing hydrogen rich-UCG gas. There the gas is cleaned and put through a membrane to enhance the hydrogen percentage that is fed into a smart and compact Fuel Cell power generation facility that produces virtually no CO 2 emissions.

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DOE Selects 19 Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage

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University of Wyoming , Laramie, Wyo. The University of Wyoming will combine multiphase flow simulations with multi-component seismic waveform modeling and inversion to determine if seismic waveform inversion can accurately predict CO 2 plume movements within storage reservoirs in post-injection scenarios involving rewetting and trapping of CO 2 by bypassing and snap-off mechanisms. Headwaters Clean Carbon Services , Lawrenceville, N.J.

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DOE to award up to $12.4M to 11 projects focused on shale gas and enhanced oil recovery

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These projects include: GE Global Research (Niskayuna, NY) - NORM Mitigation and Clean Water Recovery from Marcellus Frac Water. The process will also yield clean water than can be recycled for beneficial use, and marketable salt byproducts. This research project will develop a methodology to estimate the potential of ROZs in the Permian Basin and then extend the methodology to the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming and the Williston Basin in North Dakota.

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