80x30: U.S. Clean Energy Standard Accelerates Transition to Renewables

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Oregon Legislature passes coal transition bill; coal power out by 2035, 50% renewables by 2040

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The Oregon Legislative Assembly approved a landmark bill that will commit the state to eliminate its use of coal power by 2035 and double the amount of renewable energy serving Oregonians to 50% by 2040. Otherwise known as the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, Senate Bill 1547-B received final approval on the Senate floor Wednesday after the Oregon House approved the bill in a 38-20 bipartisan vote on Tuesday.

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EPA proposes CO2 emission standards for new fossil fuel-fired power plants

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed Clean Air Act standards to reduce CO 2 emissions from fossil-fuel fired power plants (electric utility generating units, EGUs). In addition, EPA said it is working with state, tribal, and local governments, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, and others to establish CO 2 standards for existing power plants. The proposed rulemaking establishes separate standards for natural gas and coal plants.

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Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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The global geothermal industry surpassed 12,000 MW of geothermal power operational, with about 600 MW of new geothermal power coming online globally, according to a year-end update by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). The international geothermal power industry is poised to place between 500 and 1,000 MW on line per year for the rest of the decade, said GEA. In Nevada, NV Energy is looking to replace coal plants with 300 MW of renewable energy, including geothermal.

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Accelergy Begins Production of Synthetic Jet Fuel from Coal and Biomass; USAF to Evaluate for 100% Synthetic Fuel Use

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Accelergy Corporation has begun production of a synthetic fuel from coal and biomass, to be evaluated by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the industry benchmark for 100% synthetic jet fuel. Tim Vail, CEO of Accelergy In 2009, Accelergy entered a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the USAF for testing fully synthetic fuels that meet or exceed USAF JP-8 military jet fuel standards.

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Kawasaki Heavy to build first ocean-going liquid hydrogen tanker with demo in 2017; H2 for transport, industry, power in Japan

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The Nikkei reports that Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. As part of Japan’s WE-NET (World Energy Network) research program of the New Sunshine Project begun in 1993, Kawasaki and its other industrial colleagues in Japan have been considering the large-scale marine transportation of liquid hydrogen for some time (e.g., The Nikkei report notes that the Japanese government plans to support hydrogen procurement by drawing up safety standards in the near future.

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Design study for SA underground coal gasification plant underway

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South Africa state-owned power utility Eskom reports that a design study is currently under way for an underground coal gasification (UCG) demonstration plant, which will include a 250,000 Nm 3 /h gas production plant and a 100 MW to 140 MW gas turbine plant. The coal seam lies between 280 m and 300 m deep. Eskom’s studies show that the gas could be cofired with coal to power the 4,100 MW Majuba power station , providing direct use for the gas. Mining Weekly.

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BNEF, Snam, IGU report finds global gas industry set to resume growth post-pandemic; low-carbon technologies for long-term growth

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However, the resulting low gas prices, as well as clean air and climate policies, will promote further switching to gas from other more polluting energy sources, such as oil and coal.

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DOE to Award Up to $5M in Grants for RD on Hydrogen Production from Coal

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The US Department of Energy has issued up to a $5-million Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000103) to solicit laboratory-level R&D projects to develop novel technologies for producing hydrogen from coal. Issues associated with current membrane development—including resistance to contaminants in syngas, temperature limitations, durability, and cost—have led to the need for alternative methods of producing hydrogen from coal-based facilities.

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Trestle Energy and Larksen partner to reduce CO2 from ethanol and coal power

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Trestle and Larksen’s integrated approach furthers ethanol producers’ ability to scale up production of low carbon biofuels and allows existing power plants to generate electricity with the cost and reliability of coal and with carbon emissions similar to wind. Delivering these benefits at existing energy facilities while building feedstock supplies for emerging cellulosic industries will help smooth the energy sector’s transition to a low carbon economy, the partners said.

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Wison Engineering signs new engineering contract for Erdos Jinchengtai coal-to-methanol project; commercializing methanol-to-olefins

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an indirect non-wholly owned subsidiary of the Group, has been awarded a contract for the engineering of Erdos Jinchengtai coal-to-methanol Project (Phase II) for Erdos Jinchengtai Chemical Co., for the second time at the Jinchengtai coal-methanol project, marking a milestone for Erdos Jinchengtai Chemical Co., to achieve its strategic transformation into a coal-to-chemical business. Wison Engineering Services Co.

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ASTM aviation fuel standard now specifies bio-derived components

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The revised standard was approved 1 July 2011. The standard already has criteria for fuel produced from coal, natural gas or biomass using Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. on Aviation Fuels in ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, which consists of more than 2,000 members representing 66 countries, revised the D7566 standard. The revision of D7566 reflects an industry cooperative effort to accomplish this task.

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EPA issues first National Standards for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), the first national standards for power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollutants (also known as hazardous air pollutants, HAPs) such as arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. EPA also signed revisions to the new source performance standards (NSPS) for. The standards also set work practices for limited-use oil-fired EGUs in the continental US.

Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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A province-by-province life cycle analysis of natural gas and electric vehicles by a team from Tsinghua University concludes that while, from the perspective of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria pollutant emissions, natural gas vehicles (CNGVs) are “ an option with no obvious merits or demerits ”, electric vehicles (EVs) are “ an option with significant merits and demerits in this regard ” due to China’s heavily coal-based electricity generation (national average of about 77%).

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Obama Announces Steps to Boost Biofuels, Clean Coal; RFS2, BCAP, BIWG and Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force

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First, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS2) rule to implement the long-term renewable fuels standard of 36 billion gallons by 2022 established by Congress and also issued the targets for 2010. One of the things that we’re going to be talking about today is investing in the kind of technology that will allow us to use coal, our most bountiful natural resource here in the United States, without polluting our planet.

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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. In 2011, the Obama Administration finalized the first fuel economy standards for Model Year 2014-2018 for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans. New energy efficiency standards.

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Final session on international mercury convention this week expected to culminate in agreement; UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 finds industrial source Hg emissions may be rising

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Unintentional emission sectors: Coal burning, ferrous- and non-ferrous (Au, Cu, Hg, Pb, Zn) metal production, cement production. Intentional-use sectors: Disposal and incineration of product waste, cremation emissions, chlor-alkali industry. Mercury (Hg)—the only metal that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure—is very volatile and highly toxic to humans and animals when inhaled or ingested.

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UCS analysis finds Hyundai-Kia with best sales-weighted new vehicle environmental performance in US in 2013

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Due to strong federal and state emissions standards, the average new car has gotten 43% cleaner since 1998. Stronger tailpipe emissions standards have led to an 87% reduction in smog-forming tailpipe emissions from the average car or truck since 2000, while global warming emissions from the average vehicle have decreased by nearly 20% percent since 1998. UCS assigned the industry average a score of 100, and then give each automaker a score indexed to the industry average.

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PwC industry survey provides check-up on determining factors for EV success

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Respondents predict that coal will remain the primary energy source for EVs in 2020 (28.9%), followed by Fossil fuel/oil (21.4%). As automakers continually improve the fuel efficiency of traditional ICE vehicles to meet emissions standards in the coming years, consumers are rethinking the additional premium required for an EV. Global hybrid + EV assembly forecast. Source: PwC. Click to enlarge.

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US and China Presidents Announce US-China Electric Vehicles Initiative, Six Other Measures to Strengthen Cooperation Between the Countries on Energy Issues

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In Beijing, US President Barack Obama and China President Hu Jintao announced a package of seven measures to strengthen cooperation between the United States and China on clean energy, including: a Clean Energy Research Center; Electric Vehicles Initiative; Energy Efficiency Action Plan; Renewable Energy Partnership; 21 st Century Coal; Shale Gas Initiative; and Energy Cooperation Program. Activities under the initiative will include : Joint standards development.

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DOE to award $9M to promote consensus on future fossil energy technologies

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Clean Energy Systems/Technologies under the FOA are systems and technologies that improve the efficiency of power generation and conversion systems to liquids and chemicals from fossil-based fuels, enabling affordable CO 2 capture, increasing plant availability, and maintaining environmental standards. turbines, fuel cells, hybrids, novel power generation cycles); coal conversion (e.g., Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal Hydrogen Natural Gas Oil Power Generation

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President’s Jobs Council recommends an “All-in” energy strategy; from fossil fuels and pipelines, to efficiency, renewables and vehicle electrification

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America needs to: optimize use of all of its natural resources while protecting public health and the environment; support efficiency measures in both electricity generation and transportation; and drive energy innovation and investment from basic invention to industry scale-up.It will also require cooperation among industry participants, regulators and environmental advocates. The council recommended: Allowing more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands.

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Mercedes-Benz takes stake in H2 Green Steel; to begin use of green steel in 2025

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With an equity stake in H2 Green Steel, Mercedes-Benz is sending an important signal to accelerate change in the steel industry and increase the availability of carbon-free steel. Unlike the use of coking coal, this does not produce CO 2 , but water.

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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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A joint MIT/RAND study of the near-term commercial feasibility of alternative jet fuels has concluded that three types of alternative jet fuels may be available in commercial quantities over the next decade: Jet A derived from Canadian oil sands and Venezuelan Very Heavy Oils (VHO); Fischer-Tropsch (FT) jet fuel produced from coal, a combination of coal and biomass, or natural gas; and hydrotreated renewable jet fuel (HRJ) produced by hydroprocessing renewable oils.

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BMW Group plans to source steel produced with green power and hydrogen from H2GS in Sweden

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From 2025 on, the company plans to source steel produced with up to 95% less CO 2 emissions and without requiring fossil resources such as coal. As part of its involvement with the not-for-profit organisation ResponsibleSteel, the BMW Group actively participated in establishing environmental and social standards throughout the entire steel value chain, starting at the mine. ResponsibleSteel is the steel industry’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative.

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Carbon Recycling International and Johnson Matthey collaborate on sustainable methanol

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Conventional methanol production involves fossil feedstocks such as natural gas or coal. This can be recovered from either industrial processes or biomass, such as waste and residues, or atmospheric sources.

Washington Governor Issues Executive Order Directing State Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gases; Consideration of California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Highway Electrification

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Chris Gregoire issued an executive order directing a variety of state actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions including continued participation in the Western Climate Initiative to develop a regional greenhouse has emissions reduction program; an increase in transportation and fuel-conservation options including a low-carbon fuel standard; and the pursuit of the electrification of the interstate highway and associated metro centers. Washington Gov.

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EIA projects US energy-related CO2 emissions to remain near current level through 2050; increased natural gas consumption

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The AEO2019 Reference case, which reflects no changes to current laws and regulations and extends current trends in technology, projects that US energy-related CO 2 emissions will be 5,019 million metric tons in 2050—4% below their 2018 value—as emissions associated with coal and petroleum consumption fall and emissions from natural gas consumption rise. Natural gas surpassed coal to become the most prevalent fuel used to generate electricity in the United States in 2016.

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Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles : Gas 2.0

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Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles Written by Jerry James Stone Published on April 19th, 2009 34 Comments Posted in Electric Cars (EVs) , Plug-in hybrid EVs Just a few hours after General Motors called for a standardized EV plug , one has been created! Caroline Reichert, a spokeswoman for the Germany energy company RWE , said leading automotive and energy companies have reached an agreement for a standardized plug for electric cars.

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Report: EPA model will count fewer deaths to help favor coal plants

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The EPA is following through on plans to reduce the number of deaths it counts as attributable to air pollution, reportedly in an effort to support the Trump Administration's plans to shore up the coal industry. The plans were first discussed at a meeting of a key EPA air-quality standards board in the end of March.

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House Chairmen Waxman, Markey Release Draft of Energy and Climate Legislation; Among the Many Provisions Are Cap-and-Trade, Harmonization of CAFE and California Vehicle Regulations, and Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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Among the direct transportation-related provisions in the extensive package are a low-carbon fuel standard for all transportation fuels; financial support for large scale demonstrations of electric vehicles; and financial support for automakers retooling plants to make electric vehicles. Any Federal vehicle standards are to achieve at least the results of the California standards. The draft establishes a Renewable Portfolio Standard—i.e., Industrial Energy Efficiency.

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BMW Group first automaker to join Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance

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IRMA is a precedent-setting global certification program for industrial-scale mine sites. As a member of IRMA, the BMW Group will be participating in IRMA programs to transform the industrial mining sector towards more responsible practices. IRMA measures performance of mine sites against their Standard for Responsible Mining. The Standard for Responsible Mining reflects the input frommore than over 100 companies, organizations and individuals worldwide.

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ArcelorMittal launches XCarb; commitment to producing carbon-neutral steel

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These initiatives range from flagship Smart Carbon projects, such as Torero (transforming biomass into bio-coal to replace the use of coal in the blast furnace) and Carbalyst (capturing carbon-rich blast furnace waste gas and converting it into bio-ethanol, which can then be used to make low-carbon chemical products) to capturing hydrogen-rich waste gases from the steelmaking process and injecting them into the blast furnace to reduce coal use.

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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

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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%. The current price cap is £1,138 a year for standard tariffs, but will rise to £1,277 in October.

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EPA data shows sharp decline in 2013 methane emissions from hydraulically fractured wells: down 73% from 2011

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions from large sources and suppliers broken down by industrial sector, geographic region and individual facilities. In 2013, reported emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher than the prior year, or 0.6%, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation.

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Obama Administration outlines strategy for reduction of methane emissions

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The strategy builds on progress to date and takes steps to further cut methane emissions from landfills, coal mining, and agriculture, and oil and gas systems. Key steps include: Landfills: In the summer of 2014, the EPA will propose updated standards to reduce methane from new landfills and take public comment on whether to update standards for existing landfills. The Obama Administration has outlined its Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

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NuScale boosts SMR module output 25%

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The power increase will be reviewed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission as part of NuScale’s Standard Design Approval (SDA) application, which NuScale is scheduled to submit in 2022.

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FCA says Jeep Wrangler environmental impact reduced by 15% compared to predecessor

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The GWP improvement was calculated using industry-standard software that examines multiple factors associated with a vehicle’s design, production and on-road performance. tons of coal burned in a power-generation plant.

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IEA: governments must act to ensure sufficient supply of critical minerals to meet net-zero goals

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The commercial importance of these minerals also grow rapidly: today’s revenue from coal production is ten times larger than from energy transition minerals. Producers also face the necessity of stricter environmental and social standards.

EPA proposes CO2 limits for future power plants; flexibilities for phasing in control technology; anticipates negligible impacts

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for CO 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new power plants. based standard of 1,000 pounds of CO 2 per megawatt?hour Although emissions vary by plant and with the specific type of fuel, EPA provided illustrative examples of CO 2 emissions from EGUs: Conventional coal: 1,800 lbs CO 2 /MWh. Coal with carbon capture and storage (CCS): 200 lbs CO 2 /MWh.

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Sen. Rockefeller Introduces Legislation to Suspend EPA Regulation of Stationary Source GHG for 2 Years

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Today, we took important action to safeguard jobs, the coal industry, and the entire economy as we move toward clean coal technology. We must set this delay in stone and give Congress enough time to consider a comprehensive energy bill to develop the clean coal technologies we need. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) introduced legislation to suspend potential Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources for two years.

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Researchers using ORNL Jaguar supercomputer for simulations to develop improved gasifiers

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A team of scientists from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is using Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNLs) Jaguar supercomputer, located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), to conduct high-reliability simulations of a coal gasifier in an attempt to make the potential energy alternative more efficient and reliable. Simulation of a coal jet region. Multiphase refers to the process of changing a solid (in this case, coal) to a gas (syngas).

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