Wind energy capacity in Europe now exceeds total coal output

Green Car Reports

For the first time, the total installed capacity of wind energy in Europe now exceeds the total output of electric powerplants fueled with coal. While homeowners are more familiar with photovoltaic solar panels, large-scale wind power is an increasingly important part of the growth in renewable energy. And that imbalance is likely to grow as more. Europe renewable energy energy wind energy fossil fuels

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No, coal isn't coming back: the reasons in 5 charts

Green Car Reports

The coal industry is on the decline, but the reason for that decline has become a subject of political debate. Supporters of fossil fuels blame the energy policies of the outgoing Obama Administration, claiming the emphasis on renewable energy and lowering carbon emissions puts coal at a disadvantage.

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'Fossil fuels are dead,' says CSX railroad chief: no more new trains for coal, ever

Green Car Reports

The industrial revolution that began around 1750 was powered in large part by coal, and the carbon-rich fuel had 200 good years after that. By the middle of the last century, however, serious studies had begun of its deleterious effects on human health—and that was before the climate-change impact of human emissions of carbon dioxide became. natural gas electric utilities energy fossil fuels

Bankruptcy shows scope of Peabody Coal's climate denial lobbying

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These are tough times for the coal industry. Coal plants are being retired at an increasing rate in North America and Europe, replaced by a combination of natural-gas and renewable generating capacity. These days, virtually any way to produce electricity is seen as better than coal, which produces the highest volumes of carbon dioxide per.

Solar jobs have grown 20 percent a year since 2012; coal, not so much

Green Car Reports

coal industry? jobs than fossil fuels: analysis Coal mining was a mainstay of. Here's a little quiz on a topic much discussed over the past couple of years: jobs. How many people work in the U.S. Not just miners, but office staff, too. And, how many people work for solar-energy companies in the U.S.? DON'T MISS: Clean energy provides far more U.S. global warming jobs climate change renewable energy solar wind energy Donald Trump

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The day without coal: Britain's first one since 1882

Green Car Reports

The Industrial Revolution that started around 1750 in England was powered largely by coal. With Watt's invention of the steam engine and the emergence of railways in the mid-nineteenth century, the carbon-dense fuel was central to the change from an agricultural economy to an industrial one. Last Friday, however, marked a watershed moment for. Carbon Footprint global warming UK climate change England electric utilities

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

Green Car Reports

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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North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm

Green Car Reports

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station was once North America's largest coal-fired power plant. Here's a turn of events that should make renewable-energy advocates smile. It was once capable of producing almost 4,000 megawatts at full capacity, but the aging plant has been shuttered since. Canada energy infrastructure renewable energy solar clean energy

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

Green Car Reports

Coal's share of. One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future. natural gas electric utilities plug-in cars solar clean energy energy wind energy

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

Green Car Reports

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. jobs renewable energy wind energy fossil fuels

Coal Makes Electric Cars Bad? No, Plug-Ins Show Coal As Worse

Green Car Reports

Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. Yeah," the argument goes, "but you''re just burning coal instead of gasoline in your electric car--so how''s that any better?" There is, of course, a fair amount of science that shows it actually is better when measured by

Even In China, Coal Consumption May Be Peaking

Green Car Reports

While use of coal for generating electricity has started to decline in the U.S., China continues to build coal power plants.

Could 'Rolling Coal' Become Illegal In NJ? The Downside Of (Some) Diesel Drivers

Green Car Reports

Rolling coal" is very similar to Bullies. We all knew one at school--usually bigger than you, typically loud, obnoxious, and cruel, and often pretty dumb.

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Coal-tar-based pavement sealant a major source of PAH contamination in Milwaukee streams

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Runoff from pavement with coal-tar-based sealant is the primary source of toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to streambed sediments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to a US Geological Survey and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District open-access study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Pavement sealants that contain coal tar, a known human carcinogen, have extremely high levels of PAHs. Coal Health Sustainability

UK moves ahead on lower-carbon power to end coal use by 2025

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The United Kingdom is increasing its use of low-carbon energy sources as it moves to phase out coal-fired power plants altogether by 2025. Renewable-energy sources such as wind and solar, combined with nuclear power and generating plants fired with renewable wood pellets, are displacing fossil fuels in the country's electricity-generation mix. Europe emissions energy policy UK England Scotland energy fossil fuels

Coal industry hopes to don disguise as clean-power player via carbon capture

Green Car Reports

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to "bring back coal" as part of a larger program to encourage greater production of fossil fuels. But the coal industry believes it needs more than an ostensibly friendly administration in Washington to survive. With coal production down and electric utilities continuing to switch to lower-cost.

China Alone Now Burns Half The World's Coal, New Data Reveals

Green Car Reports

China now burns half of the world's coal, according to newly-released data that appears to correct previous government estimates. This latest data shows that China has been burning up to 17 percent more coal annually than its government previously reported. That means China may have also released almost a billion more tons of carbon dioxide into. emissions China energy policy climate change energy air pollution

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Will new technologies phase out coal-fired power plant emissions?

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Emissions from US coal-fired power plants could be phased out within 20 years – that’s the ambitious verdict of a new ACS journal entitled Environmental Science & Technology. Tags: Green credentials Latest news alternatives to coal power plants biomass power plants coal power plants coal-fired power plants electric power plants Environmental Science and Technology green credentials nuclear power plants

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Exxon says coal will endure; other analyses beg to differ

Green Car Reports

Renewable energy sources may eventually render fossil fuels irrelevant in energy generation, but when will the switch between the two energy sources occur? It's a question that fosters much debate among policymakers, environmental advocates, and financial analysts. For its part, ExxonMobil believes fossil fuels—notably including. renewable energy energy Exxon fossil fuels

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China axes 103 coal-fired power plants, citing smog, overcapacity

Green Car Reports

During negotiations for the Paris Climate Treaty signed last fall, a major concern among critics was whether the carbon emissions of China's sprawling and inefficient energy sector could be reined in. With China, the U.S., and dozens of other countries signing the agreement, the world's most populous country committed itself to decarbonizing its. emissions China global warming greenhouse gas climate change electric utilities air pollution

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OSU team demonstrates Coal-Direct Chemical Looping for more efficient and low carbon coal heat release

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An Ohio State University team has demonstrated the successful operation of Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL)—which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before it can be released into the atmosphere. For 203 continuous hours, an OSU combustion unit produced heat from coal while capturing 99% of the carbon dioxide produced in the reaction. Hot iron and coal ash are left behind.

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Kyoto team develops two-stage process for direct liquefaction of low-rank coal and biomass under mild conditions

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Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have proposed a novel two-stage process to convert low-rank coals or biomass wastes under mild conditions to high-quality liquid fuel. One of the issues hampering the development of direct liquefaction of low-grade carbonaceous resources—such as low-rank coals and biomass wastes—to produce liquid fuel is their oxygen content. for low-rank coals and were as high as 36.7−71.7%

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Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Green Car Reports

Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. Energy Information Administration (EIA) now predicts that coal's share of U.S. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S. electricity generation will decline from 44 percent in 2011 to 32 percent in 2040. DON'T MISS: What. Environmental emissions EPA energy policy electric utilities energy air pollution

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'Rolling Coal' Fine Would Be $5,000 Under Proposed Illinois Law

Green Car Reports

It''s called "rolling coal"--and drivers of hybrid and electric cars report that it often seemed to be directed at them. Over the past few years, some of America''s, shall we say, less enlightened drivers hit upon a new trend. They started modifying big diesel trucks to spew clouds of soot and smoke whenever the driver hit the accelerator. Green Illinois air pollution emissions legislation

Electric Powered Cars: Coal or ICE

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How are electric powered cars fueled with electricity from coal power plants better than the gas-guzzler I'm already driving

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Report: Natural gas could replace coal

Green Cars News

According to a major new interim report from MIT, natural gas has a leading role to play in reducing harmful emissions primarily by replacing old, inefficient coal plants with highly efficient combined cycle gas generation. Tags: Green cars Green credentials Latest news CNG compressed natural gas greenhouse gas emissions liquefied natural gas LNG MIT Energy Initiative natural gas natural gas as coal replacement reducing greenhouse gas emissions

DOE issues $13M funding opportunity for advanced coal gasification systems for power or fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0000784 ) for up to $13 million to support the development of advanced coal gasification systems. All three AOIs are designed to assure significant reduction in the cost of coal conversion using gasification systems, enabling gasification to both improve US economic competitiveness and provide environmental benefits across the world. Coal Fuels Gasification Power Generation

SRI developing process for co-gasification of methane and coal to produce liquid transportation fuels; negligible water consumption, no CO2

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Researchers from SRI International (SRI) are developing a methane-and-coal-to-liquids process that consumes negligible amounts of water and does not generate carbon dioxide. The DARPA solicitation set goals for a coal-to-liquids process for JP-8 of: Process scalable to 100,000 bbl/day.

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New bill in coal-producing Wyoming would ban renewable energy for utilities

Green Car Reports

While renewable-energy use has grown substantially over the last few years, the regulatory environment remains volatile. Some states have worked hard to stimulate renewable energy, supporting infrastructure projects and offering incentives to consumers who install home solar arrays. But others have tried to restrict renewable energy, often at the. laws Politics energy policy electric utilities renewable energy fossil fuels

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Clean energy to grow, coal to fade, regardless of Trump EPA plans

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President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that his administration will pursue radically different energy policies from its predecessor's. Pruitt is a climate-science denier, and has sued the agency he is being asked to lead multiple times. He has. emissions EPA energy policy renewable energy fossil fuels Donald Trump

EPA's Coal-Plant Emissions Rules: This Will Be The Big Fight

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Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new regulations to cut the carbon emissions of more than 600 existing coal-fired electric power plants. Today, the U.S. And many analysts suggest that this regulation--which will likely spark a major political battle--will be the most important environmental legacy of the Obama

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Trump DoE to critique renewables against coal for grid reliability

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coal production will fall as a percentage of the total electric grid mix. It is widely accepted in the energy industry that U.S. That has little to do with its high carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour generated; it is largely due to far greater supplies of much cheaper fracked natural gas. It is also widely accepted that renewable energy sources. Politics energy policy Department of Energy DOE electric utilities renewable energy fossil fuels Donald Trump

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Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion

Green Car Reports

Now he and coauthor Gil Friend have published an audacious proposal to buy up and shut down every private and public coal Give Felix Kramer credit for thinking big. Twelve years ago, he and others founded CalCars, a group dedicated to promoting plug-in hybrid vehicles with large battery packs--and built the world''s first plug-in Prius hybrid.

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Is The Writing On The Wall For U.S. Coal?

Green Car Reports

If new EPA regulations go into effect, it may not be coal. These new standards may deter the construction of new coal plants. What will power your plug-in car in a few years? Next week, the EPA is expected to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions by new power plants, The New York Times reports. While full details of the proposal have not been

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CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

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My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s How’d you like to enjoy 7-and-a-half miles of L.A.

What Future For Coal In The U.S.: Slow Decline Or Faster Retreat?

Green Car Reports

Coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions produced by generating electricity, but that doesn''t mean it will go away any time soon. While coal''s deleterious environmental effects are well known, certain economic factors could ensure its continued role as fuel for electricity generation for years to come.

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Electric-Car Batteries, Rolling Coal, Luring Tesla Gigafactory: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Lots of Tesla news today--including hackers, purchase incentives, even environmental rules in California--plus jet fuel from tobacco, and the odious practice of "rolling coal." All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla Motors recently showed up at a hacker conference, looking to hire software hackers to ensure its present and future cars are

Do New EPA Emission Rules Just Hasten Coal's Inevitable Death?

Green Car Reports

Take a deep breath and relax. It is highly unlikely that "millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark" (in the words of a critic) once new EPA rules lowering carbon emissions from power plants go into effect. In fact, some analyses suggest that the rules issued last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--widely expected to reduce

Coal Power Plant That Can Capture Carbon To Open In Mid-2016

Green Car Reports

DON''T MISS: EPA''s Coal-Plant Emissions Rules As more plug-in electric cars hit the road, the infrastructure used to generate electricity will need to be increasingly scrutinized. The most straightforward way to get cleaner electricity is to switch to a less-polluting source like natural gas--or better yet, renewable sources like wind and solar.

Tesla Model S Changes, 2015 Subaru Legacy Video, EPA Coal Limits: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today on Green Car Reports: Detecting Tesla Model S electric-car changes, a video road test of the 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan, and new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coal-plant rules that could spark a political battle. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We ran down last week''s top stories in our Week In Reverse feature. Could future