Ohio bill would grant permanent subsidies to coal-fired power plants

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Ohio electric utilities electricity costs state laws fossil fuelsIt's now widely acknowledged that the energy and electricity-generation landscape is changing rapidly. The U.S. has vastly increased its oil and gas production, driving down prices of fossil fuels globally. At the same time, ever-cheaper renewable energy—not only solar, but surprisingly fast-growing wind generation—is now.

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DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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This FOA, issued in August 2017, is a $50-million funding opportunity for projects supporting cost-shared research and development to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots to demonstrate transformational coal technologies. DOE has supported a range of potentially transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step-change improvements in coal-powered systems. UKy-CAER Heat-integrated Transformative CO2 Capture Process for Pulverized Coal Power Plants.

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NRDC says Baard Energy agrees to switch from coal to natural gas for feedstock for proposed synthetic fuel plant in Ohio to avoid further permit challenges

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued a press release on Friday saying that Baard Energy had agreed to a settlement entailing their switching from coal as a feedstock for its planned coal/biomass-to-liquids Ohio River Clean Fuels plant ( earlier post ) to natural gas. In November 2008, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued the third and final state environmental necessary to the Ohio River Clean Fuels (ORCF) project.

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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Baard Energy raises $2.5B for coal/biomass-to-liquids plant in Ohio; construction to begin late spring or early summer 2011

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Baard Energy LLC, a company seeking to build a coal/biomass-to-liquids (CBTL) plant in Ohio ( earlier post ) has raised $2.5B from investors in the coal and energy markets and is preparing to begin construction of the nearly $6 billion Ohio River Clean Fuels Project by late spring or early summer. Youngstown Business Journal.

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NETL to award $13M to GTI and partners to advance carbon capture technology

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GTI and partners, The Ohio State University, Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC), and Trimeric Corporation (Trimeric), have been selected for award on a project to advance Ohio State’s transformational membrane technology to provide step-out reductions in CO 2 capture cost and energy penalties. GTI and Ohio State will jointly lead the project, overseeing design and testing of the CO 2 capture system. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal Emissions

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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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DOE selects 10 projects to enhance research into recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 10 projects to receive funding for research in support of the lab’s program on Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts. The selected research projects will further program goals by focusing on the development of cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches for the recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic coal and coal byproducts.

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Oxford Resource Partners and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. Launch Miscanthus Biomass Pilot Project on Reclaimed Mine Land in Ohio

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Oxford Resource Partners, LP, a low-cost producer of high-value steam coal in Northern Appalachia and the Illinois Basin, and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility and economic viability of biomass production from dedicated energy crops in eastern Ohio. Oxford markets its coal primarily to large electric utilities with coal-fired, base-load scrubbed power plants under long-term coal sales contracts.

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Battelle team developing new hybrid direct coal-to-liquids process to produce jet fuel; lower costs and GHGs

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In a cost-shared program supported by the US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) of the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), a team at Battelle is demonstrating a new, hybrid, direct coal-to-liquids process for producing jet fuel using biomass-derived coal solvents. The bio-solvent production and coal liquefaction have been scaled-up successfully to one ton per day.

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US Coal companies merge: Murray Energy acquires controlling interest in Foresight Energy GP LLC for $1.395B

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Murray Energy and Foresight Reserves, LP (the current owner of Foresight Energy GP) have entered a definitive agreement for a transaction through which Murray Energy will acquire a controlling interest in Foresight Energy LP and FEGP to create a US coal mining company controlling more than nine (9) billion tons of coal reserves with approximately 87.5 As a point of comparison, Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company, with operations in the US and Australia, produced 227.2

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DOE to award $4M to 9 projects to recover rare earth elements from coal and by-products

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected nine projects to receive approximately $4 million in cost-shared federal funding to improve the technical, environmental, and economic performance of new and existing technologies that extract, separate, and recover rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic US coal and coal by-products. US coal resources contain quantities of REEs that offer the potential to reduce dependence on others for these critical materials.

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DOE selects 9 universities for about $2.7M in advanced coal technologies research awards

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected nine universities for awards for research projects that will continue to support innovation and development of advanced, lower emission coal technologies. The projects at the nine universities will each receive approximately $300,000 to focus on the development of high-temperature, high-pressure corrosion-resistant alloys; protective coatings; and structural materials for advanced coal-fired power plants and gas turbines.

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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. As a promising near-term technology, oxy-combustion applied at facilities using pulverized coal-fired boilers for power or industrial applications, will support CCUS efforts and result in ultra-low emissions.

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Genscape reports January US coal-fired power generation up 8.9% above January 2012 levels; higher demand with cold-snap, higher gas prices, lower nuclear

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Genscape reported that January 2013 coal-fired power generation in the US surged 8.9% Both coal and gas-fired generation supplied the additional power needed for this increased demand with gas increasing its output by 1.7% Coal and gas had equal power sector output levels in April of last year. Coal has since recovered ground and accounted for 40% of power sector output in January while gas captured 27% of the market.

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Battelle wins $6M in contracts to advance carbon management and shale development

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Battelle will address the growing demand for subsurface brine disposal from oil and gas production in the Northern Appalachian Basin (in Ohio and neighboring states) during the next two years. The projects are co-funded by The Development Services Agency's Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) for promoting clean use of Ohio coals.

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3 Duke Energy subsidiaries plead guilty to 9 criminal violations of Clean Water Act; $102M settlement

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Four of the charges are the direct result of the massive coal ash spill from the Dan River steam station into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina, in February 2014. Under the plea agreement, both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress, must certify that they have reserved sufficient assets to meet legal obligations with respect to its coal ash impoundments within North Carolina, obligations estimated to be approximately $3.4 million tons of coal ash).

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DOE NETL selects 12 fossil-fuel power systems projects for funding

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Energy Industries of Ohio. Superalloy for Heavy Duty Gas Turbine Wheels for Improved Combined Cycle Efficiency General Electric Company will partner with The Ohio State University to help increase combined cycle turbine efficiency for next generation advanced cycle operations that require new alloys capable of operating at 1,200 degrees and above. The Ohio State University. Ohio University.

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DOE awards B&W $2.8M for carbon capture research

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million in financial assistance funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to study chemical formulations to improve the performance of its Regenerable Solvent Absorption Technology (RSAT) process solvent used to capture CO 2 from coal-fired power plants. million in the form of in-kind research and development to the project, including research personnel and facility space, which will be conducted at the B&W Research Center in Barberton, Ohio.

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DOE awarding $72M to 27 projects to develop and advance carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture

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Under this cost-shared research and development (R&D), DOE is awarding $51 million to nine new projects for coal and natural gas power and industrial sources. Under the first FOA (DE-FOA-0002187), Capture Research and Development (R&D): Engineering Scale Testing from Coal- and Natural-Gas-Based Flue Gas and Initial Engineering Design for Industrial Sources, DOE selected nine projects to receive $51 million for cost-shared R&D.

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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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Results from the study also suggest that with sufficient coal plant retirement and sufficient wind power, controlled charging could result in positive net benefits instead of negative. PJM the team noted, is an “ interesting ” power system to examine, they said, as it is the largest independent system operator in the United States by population and has a large installed coal capacity.

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Aqua America to transition portions of fleet to CNG

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As both a former DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] and Economic Development Secretary for the Commonwealth, I believe that the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania will become the biggest economic driver in the state since days of coal and steel. Aqua America serves almost 3 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, and Georgia. Aqua America, Inc.,

NASA satellite images highlight US air quality improvement with reduction of NO2

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The gas is produced primarily during the combustion of gasoline in vehicle engines and coal in power plants. The new NASA images also take a close up look at the Ohio River Valley, Northeast Corridor, and some populous US cities. New NASA satellite images released this week demonstrate the reduction of air pollution across the US.

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Battelle, Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership release Phase II reports

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The second largest contributor was the Ohio Coal Development Office and the remainder of funding came from private contributions from some of the other 35-plus members of the MRCSP. The focus of the overall MRCSP program is to develop a class of carbon sequestration technologies, which includes capture and storage of carbon dioxide in deep geologic structures such as saline formations, active and depleted oil and gas fields, organic rich shales, and unmineable coal seams.

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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 University of Michigan’s award will advance technologies for clean vehicles, while West Virginia University will use its funding to focus on the next generation of coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage. 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).

OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US electricity generation in 2010 was 70% fossil fuels (coal 44.9%, natural gas 23.8%); 20% nuclear; and 10% renewable, of which 6.2% EIA forecasts that the mix in 2035 will shift to include 39% coal; 27% natural gas; and 16% renewables. Concept of the service and mobile app for renewable charging. Click to enlarge.

Argonne National Laboratory to lead US consortium for new CERC medium- and heavy-duty truck technical track; 50% boost in efficiency

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation; Ohio State University; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Purdue University; and the University of Michigan. This track will expand on the current CERC efforts that focus on the development and deployment of clean vehicles, building energy efficiency, advanced coal technologies for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, and the water-related aspects of energy production and use.

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DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement for $668M Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project

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If, as expected, the CAP system reduces overall costs by the amounts now projected, then AEP will consider the application of CAP technology to both existing and new pulverized coal-based units in the AEP system. This same technology could be applied to many additional gigawatts of coal-based electric capacity in the United States and throughout the world.

Oxford Catalysts in $5.9M Fischer-Tropsch Demonstration and Commercialization Agreement; Focus on Biomass- and Waste-to-Liquids Applications

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Under the terms of the JDA, SGCE will have lead responsibility for commercializing the Group’s FT technology for BTL, WTL and Coal-to-Liquids applications. Following demonstration, the equipment will be relocated to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, USA where it will be evaluated for the production of synthetic jet fuel. Oxford Catalysts Group PLC, signed a definitive joint development agreement (JDA) with SGC Energia, SGPS, S.A.

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Velocys Awarded Commercialization Grant for Microchannel Reactor Technology for Hydroprocessing to Upgrade Fischer-Tropsch Fuels and Heavy Petroleum Feedstock

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is working in collaboration with the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center Wright Center of Innovation, Archer Daniels Midland Company, BP-Husky LLC Toledo Refinery, Albemarle Catalysts Company BV and NetJets, Inc. The grant is part of the Ohio Department of Development’s Third Frontier Project, a $1.6-billion, 10-year initiative. from Battelle Memorial Institute in Ohio in November 2009 for $35 million, $5 million of which was in cash. A collaboration led by Velocys , Inc.,

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DOE Selects 19 Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage

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Coal supplies nearly 50% of domestic electricity. In order for low-cost electricity from coal-fired power plants to remain available, the DOE said, economical methods for capturing and storing the greenhouse gas emissions from these plants must be developed. Schlumberger Carbon Services , Columbus, Ohio. Coal storage factors such as coal failure and permeability enhancement, matrix swelling and shrinking, and competition of water as adsorbed phase on coals will be addressed.

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DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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The projects will develop technologies for use in a new generation of advanced turbines that operate using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. The US Department of Energy has selected ten projects at nine universities for funding under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program.

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DOE selects 16 projects for funding to develop post-combustion carbon capture technologies

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The US Department of Energy has selected 16 projects for almost $29 million in funding to develop advanced post-combustion technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from coal–fired power plants. The technologies are projected to reduce the CO 2 capture energy penalty from a coal-fired power plant by as much as 51% compared to using conventional monoethnolamine (MEA) scrubbing technology. Ohio State University.

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Profile: Farmers Ethanol: Focusing on Sustainable Corn Ethanol Production and a Triple Bottom Line

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Finally, they believe that during the launch and operation of their business, located in Appalachian Ohio, they will bring economic opportunity to a rural community that has been struggling financially over the last several decades. We can make our facilities custom tailored for a site, corn in Ohio, it might be sorghum in Texas. Ideally, they’d have more cattle upstream, but were limited by their CAFO permit which is the first one in Ohio. by Bill Cooke.

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DOE to Award $106M to Six CO2 Conversion Projects; $156M in Matching Private Funding

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Triadelphia, WV) This project will pilot-test an open-pond algae production technology that can capture at least 60% of flue gas CO 2 from an industrial coal-fired source to produce biofuel and other high value co-products. The host site for the pilot project is Cedar Lane Farms in Wooster, Ohio.

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ARPA-E Selects 37 Projects for $106M in Funding in Second Round; Electrofuels, Better Batteries and Carbon Capture

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Ohio State Univ. Zero-Carbon Coal: Innovative Materials & Processes for Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies (IMPACCT). Coal-fired power plants currently generate approximately 50% of the electricity in the United States. This ARPA-E program aims to support revolutionary technologies to capture carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants using a range of approaches, including solvents, sorbents, catalysts, enzymes, membranes, and gas-liquid-solid phase changes.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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Smart grid regional demonstrations involving plug-in vehicles include (ranked by DOE funding): Columbus Southern Power Company (doing business as AEP Ohio). Demonstrate 1 MW vanadium redox battery (VRB) storage system at the 32 MW municipal coal fired power plant in Painesville. The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems.

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ARPA-E Awards $151M to 37 Projects for Transformative Energy Research

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A novel process known as Syngas Chemical Looping (SCL), in which coal and biomass are converted to electricity and CO 2 is efficiently captured, has been successfully demonstrated on a laboratory scale. Teaming with Ohio State University are PSRI, CONSOL Energy, Shell/CRI, and Babcock and Wilcox to accelerate this technology towards commercialization and deployment. Energy Efficient Capture of CO 2 from Coal Flue Gas.

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