JERA and IHI to demo ammonia co-firing at a large-scale commercial coal-fired power plant

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This will be the world’s first demonstration project in which a large amount of ammonia will be co-fired in a large-scale commercial coal-fired power plant. Ammonia enables efficient, low-cost transport and storage of hydrogen.

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DOE announces $64M for research into future coal power plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $64 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects under the funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0002057 ), “Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future.”. DOE’s Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) initiative is intended to develop the coal plant of the future needed to provide secure and reliable power to the US grid.

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Saudi Aramco R&D proposes SuperButol as new low-cost high-octane blend component

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A team from Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center has developed a novel low-cost, high-octane gasoline blend component it calls SuperButol. SuperButol is made from low-value mixed butenes using a new process the team has named Butenes to Butanol (BTB); it has slightly lower blending RON compared to MTBE but has lower blending vapor pressure and higher energy content compared to ethanol.

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DOE Coal FIRST Initiative invests $80M in net-zero carbon electricity and hydrogen plants

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected four projects for cost-shared research and development under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0002180, Design Development and System Integration Design Studies for Coal FIRST Concepts. DOE’s early stage research for the Coal FIRST Initiative supports the development of electricity and hydrogen energy plants that have net-zero carbon emissions.

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Tesla Energy takes a stand against coal and gas generators in Australia

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Tesla Energy firmly argued against using coal and gas generators to support a proposed low-cost, reliable, secure, and zero-emissions grid in Australia. . First, Tesla is firmly against the idea of extending the life span of existing coal and gas generators. .

Georgia Tech study suggests unlinking EVs from CAFE and coordinating with power sector for low-cost benefits

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A team from Georgia Tech suggests, based on their modeling of electric vehicle (EV) adoption scenarios in each of six regions of the Eastern Interconnection (containing 70% of the US population), that coordinating EV adoption with the adoption of controlled EV charging, unlinking EVs from consideration in the CAFE fuel economy regulations; and implementing renewable electricity standards would deliver low-cost reductions in emissions and gasoline usage.

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Transform Materials plasma process converts abundant natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene

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Transform Materials has developed a novel and sustainable microwave plasma reactor process to convert natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene, thereby opening up a new pathway for green chemical manufacturing. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Natural Gas

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GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips JV invests in Glori Energy; low-cost enhancement to waterflooding EOR via microbial stimulation

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This is the key to our ability to extract substantial crude oil from wells at low cost. billion equity in oil and gas assets since 1991. This complements GE Oil & Gas’ global position in advanced technology equipment and services. Among other advanced technology initiatives, NRG Energy is exploring the use of captured carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants for use in enhanced oil recovery.

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DOE awarding about $16M to four projects for advanced gasification systems; focus on coal

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Awardees will receive approximately $16 million to advance the gasification process, which converts carbon-based materials such as coal into syngas for use as power, chemicals, hydrogen, and transportation fuels. Advanced Gasifier and Water-Gas Shift Technologies for Low-Cost Coal Conversion to High-Hydrogen Syngas. Working in collaboration with Coanda Research & Development, the Gas Technology Institute, RTI International, and Nexant Inc.,

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EIA: US electricity generation from coal and natural gas both increased with summer heat

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In August 2012, coal produced 39% of US electricity, up from a low of 32% in April 2012, when the natural gas share of generation equaled that of coal. The August coal share of generation is still notably lower than the 50% annual average over the 1990-2010 period. As demand for electric power moderates in the autumn months and the need for peaking generation moderates, total natural gas-fired generation decreases.

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Wanxiang and GreatPoint Energy close $1.25B deal for 1 Tcf/year coal-to-natural-gas plant in Xinjiang; Sinopec to purchase output, building pipeline to east

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Overview of the Bluegas catalytic coal methanation process. billion from Wanxiang to finance and construct the first phase of a coal-to-natural gas facility that ultimately will have an annual production capacity of one trillion cubic feet (1 Tcf) (30 billion cubic meters) per year. The first phase is expected to commence operation in 2015 with an initial annual natural gas production capacity of 30 billion cubic feet (0.85 China Coal Natural Gas

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DOE selects 7 gasification projects for funding; focus on reducing cost of coal conversion

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The projects conducted through this program are geared toward reducing the cost of coal conversion and mitigating the environmental impacts of fossil-fueled power generation. The funded research projects fall under two subtopic areas: development of gasification technologies applicable to in situ bio-gasification of coal to methane; and the development of low cost advanced air separation technologies that can produce oxygen for use in coal gasification processes.

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SwRI, UTSA seek to combine reverse water-gas shift and Fischer Tropsch synthesis in single reactor to produce low-carbon hydrocarbon fuels

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Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio (USTA) are collaborating to combine two catalytic processes into a single reactor, with the overall goal of recycling carbon from COCO 2 2 to produce low-cost hydrocarbon fuels. The first will react hydrogen with CO 2 to make carbon monoxide (CO) and the second will convert the CO and hydrogen, a blend known as synthesis gas or syngas, into liquid hydrocarbon fuel by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

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Peabody Energy and GreatPoint Energy To Partner on Coal-to-Gas and Coal-to-Hydrogen Facilities with Carbon Capture and Storage

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Overview of the bluegas catalytic coal methanation process. Peabody Energy and GreatPoint Energy signed an agreement to pursue development of coal-to-gas and coal-to-hydrogen projects in the United States and around the world with carbon capture and storage (CCS) that would achieve near-zero carbon emissions, while increasing the production of stranded oil via enhanced oil recovery. Click to enlarge.

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University of Adelaide team exploring novel configuration for solar hybridized coal-to-liquids process

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Simplified flowsheet of the proposed solar hybridized coal- to-liquids (SCTL) process with the proposed solar hybridized dual fluidized bed (SDFB) gasifier. In their investigation of the process, reported in a paper in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels , they used lignite as the feedstock (Solar hybridized coal to liquids, SCTL), although the process could also be used with biomass. Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Emissions Solar Solar fuels

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DOE to award $160M to improve fossil-based hydrogen production, transport, storage, and utilization

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The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions. Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. An additional objective is to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled rotating detonation engine in a gas turbine.

GE and Shenhua open coal gasification joint venture in China

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a 50:50 joint venture with Shenhua Group to advance the development and deployment of “cleaner coal” technology solutions in China. GBI report: Asia-Pacific to be the leading coal-producing region. A new report from GBI Research forecasts that the Asia-Pacific region will become the leading coal-producing region in the future, led by China. The region’s coal industry comprises China, India, Australia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Vietnam and New Zealand.

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Wood Mackenzie: China thermal coal demand to double to nearly 7btpa by 2030

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In a new report, energy, mining and minerals consultancy Wood Mackenzie projects that despite efforts to limit coal consumption and seek alternative fuel options, China’s strong appetite for thermal coal will lead to a doubling of demand by 2030. China’s demand will grow to approximately seven billion tonnes per annum (btpa) of thermal coal which is contrary to speculation that its thermal coal demand may peak in the next decade.

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Next Fuel signs definitive agreement to field-test in-situ microbial coal-to-gas technology in Indonesia

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a development stage company, has signed a definitive agreement with PT Enviro Energy to field-test Next Fuel’s microbial Coal-to-Gas technology (CTG) to determine the commercial viability of utilizing it to produce natural gas at PT Enviro Energy’s coal deposits in Indonesia. The company believes that this is the first ever field test utilizing CTG technology in situ on virgin lignite coal seams. Next Fuel, Inc.,

Next Fuel, Inc. signs definitive agreement to field test coal-to-gas technology in China; Chinese partner makes strategic investment

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a development stage company seeking to commercialize a microbial in situ coal-to-gas (CTG) technology ( earlier post ), has signed a definitive agreement with San Ding Jiu Yuan (dba Future Fuel) to field test Next Fuel’s technology in Inner Mongolia, Peoples Republic of China, to determine the commercial viability of utilizing it to produce natural gas from lignite coal deposits. Next Fuel, Inc.,

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Alaska Native Corporation Proposes Underground Coal Gasification Project with Carbon Capture for Power Generation

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Underground coal gasification uses paired wells in a coal seam: one an oxidant injection well, the other the syngas producer well. CIRI), an Alaska Native corporation, is proposing an underground coal gasification (UCG) project that would use the resulting syngas to fuel a new 100 MW combined cycle power plant. The syngas could also be upgraded to synthetic natural gas or synthetic liquid fuels. The UCG process utilizes two wells drilled in to a coal seam.

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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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DOE awards $7M to eight oxy-combustion coal technology projects; carbon capture, utilization and storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected eight projects to advance the development of transformational oxy-combustion technologies capable of high-efficiency, low-cost carbon dioxide capture from coal-fired power plants. The Energy Department’s $7 million investment—leveraged with recipient cost-share to support approximately $9.4 DOE Investment: $1,000,000; Recipient Cost-Share: $250,000. DOE Investment: $988,000; Recipient Cost-Share: $828,000.

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DOE to award up to $14M to 6 new projects to advance IGCC with carbon capture technology for coal-fired plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $14 million to six projects aimed at developing technologies to lower the cost of producing electricity in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants using carbon capture. The selected projects are intended to improve the economics of IGCC plants and promote the use of the US’abundant coal resources. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal Gasification Power Generation

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Company that biochemically converts coal to methane raises Series B funding

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an emerging natural gas production company which uses proprietary technology to convert both underground and mined low-rank coal to pipeline-quality methane biochemically at large scale and low cost, has raised equity in its second round of financing, led by new investor Khosla Ventures. Ciris Energy, Inc.,

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Linc Energy and AFC Energy Successfully Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology With Underground Coal Gasification

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Linc Energy Limited and AFC Energy, developer of low-cost alkaline fuel cells, have successfully combined syngas from underground coal gasification with the alkaline fuel cell technology to produce electricity at Linc Energy’s Chinchilla Demonstration Facility in Queensland.

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DOE selects 16 research projects for more than $19M in funding to advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology

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The 400 kilowatt SOFC prototype system represents an important advancement in SOFC technology development and demonstration toward the ultimate goal of deploying SOFCs in highly efficient coal-based central generation systems with carbon capture. Cost: DOE: $6,000,000/Non DOE: $4,917,887/Total: $10,917,887 (45% cost share). This entry-into-service product will significantly reduce component cost and increase the reliability and endurance of LGFCS cell and stack technology.

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Synthesis Energy Systems and Ambre Energy enter into technical study agreement for coal to gasoline and LPG project; ExxonMobil MTG

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SES), a global energy and gasification technology company that provides products and solutions to the energy and chemicals industries, has entered into a Technical Study Agreement with Ambre Energy of Australia to supply a proprietary gasification design to support Ambre’s development of a planned Coal to Liquids Project (ambreCTL). Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc.

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Maverick Synfuels introduces affordable small-scale methane gas-to-liquid modular methanol plants

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The Maverick Oasis system allows producers to monetize biogas and natural gas (including associated or flare gas, and stranded gas reserves), as an alternative to producing electricity or venting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The Maverick Oasis factory-built Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) methanol plants are modular, and can be rapidly deployed onsite to produce thousands of gallons per day of methanol from natural gas or methane-rich waste gas.

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$4M ARPA-E award to Lanzatech to improve design of bioreactors for waste-gas-to-fuels fermentation technology

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LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, was awarded a $4-million grant by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as one of the 15 REMOTE projects ( earlier post ) receiving a combined $34 million to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation. As such, many of these sources are simply flared, emitted or vented, resulting in significant greenhouse gas emissions.

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Dominion Energy & Duke Energy cancel $8B Atlantic Coast Pipeline due to delays and cost uncertainty

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Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced the cancelation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project. Infrastructure Market Background Natural Gas

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Separate MIT, IEA reports both outline major expansion in role of natural gas; caution on climate benefits

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World primary energy demand by fuel in the IEA high gas scenario. Given the abundance of natural gas available through large global resources and the recent emergence of substantial unconventional supplies in the United States, worldwide usage of the fuel is likely to continue to grow considerably and contribute to significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, according to a multidisciplinary 3-year study by MIT researchers.

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New Mexico Adopts Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program

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The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) adopted by a vote of four to three greenhouse gas reduction regulations—called the most stringent in the US—that will reduce global warming pollutants through a regional cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Those sources include electric generators and the largest emission sources in the oil and gas sector. New Mexico Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Regulation.

Groundbreaking in Turkmenistan for major synthetic gasoline plant; first full-scale Haldor Topsøe TIGAS facility

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In August, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Ovadan-Depe near the capital of Ashgabad in Turkmenistan to launch the construction of a major plant focused on the conversion of natural gas into synthetic gasoline. The plant has been awarded by the national gas company Turkmengas, and Topsøe will be working alongside the Japanese contractor Kawasaki Heavy Industry Ltd. A small fraction of the hydrocarbons are recovered as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

DOE to award ~$13.5M to 16 R&D projects for solid-oxide fuel cell technologies

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million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that will advance solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technologies. SOFC technologies enable efficient, cost-effective electricity generation from abundant domestic coal and natural gas resources, with minimal use of water and near-zero atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants. Cost reduction via improvements in materials and manufacturing.

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USGS CARA Concludes 13% of Worlds Undiscovered Oil, 30% of Undiscovered Gas in the Arctic

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) has completed a geologically-based assessment of the oil and gas resource potential of the Arctic, the Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (CARA). The researchers in the effort concluded that about 13% of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30% of the world’s undiscovered gas may be found there, mostly offshore under less than 500 meters of water. Map showing the AUs of the CARA color-coded for mean estimated undiscovered gas.

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BP Energy Outlook: 30% growth in global demand to 2035; fuel demand continues to rise, even with EVs & fuel efficiency

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While non-fossil fuels are expected to account for half of the growth in energy supplies over the next 20 years, the Outlook projects that oil and gas, together with coal, will remain the main source of energy powering the world economy, accounting for more than 75% of total energy supply in 2035, compared with 86% in 2015. Natural gas grows more quickly than either oil or coal over the Outlook, with demand growing an average 1.6% Gas: the emergence of a global market.

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GlobalData: hydrogen to become game changer as large-scale source of cleaner power

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In the short- to medium-term, hydrogen technology could be used to replace compressed natural gas (CNG) in some areas with minor changes to the existing infrastructure, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Hydrogen serves as one of the leading alternatives for energy storage and seems to be favoured as a low-cost alternative for storing huge quantities of electricity over days, week and also months.

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Study concludes that NG leakage higher than reflected in inventories; transportation fuel climate benefits questioned

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A review of 20 years of technical literature on natural gas (NG) emissions in the United States and Canada comprising more than 200 papers has concluded that official inventories consistently underestimate actual CH 4 emissions due to leakage from the natural gas system. Modeling has shown climate benefits from coal to NG switching for power generation over all time periods (i.e., Improved science would aid in generating cost-effective policy responses.

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MIT/RAND Study Concludes Three Types of Alternative Jet Fuel May Be Available in Commercial Quantities Over the Next Decade

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Normalized well-to-wake GHG emissions for low-, baseline- and high-emission cases for jet fuel pathways under different land use change scenarios. The five different fuel groups were those derived: from conventional petroleum; from unconventional petroleum; synthetically from natural gas, coal, or combinations of coal and biomass via the FT process; renewable oils; and alcohols.

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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. These reductions in power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) and nitrogen oxides (NO x ) were achieved at a significantly lower cost than originally assumed. greenhouse gas emissions. Administrative Costs.

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Wind farms stand idle for days on end, a fire interrupts a vital cable from France, a combination of post-Covid economic recovery and Russia tightening supply means the gas price has shot through the roof – and so the market price of both home heating and electricity is rocketing.

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

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The falling cost of making hydrogen from wind and solar power offers a promising route to cutting emissions in some of the most fossil-fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, such as steel, heavy-duty vehicles, shipping and cement, according to a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

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