Cleanest Coal Plant in the World?

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Many people believe that “clean coal” is an oxymoron. Coal is considered the dirtiest fossil fuel because of high emissions of CO2 when it is burned. Now that natural gas prices have dropped to record low levels, spurring a transition in power generation from coal to natural gas, use of coal is dropping and prices [.]. carbon capture clean coal CCS Summit Power

Cleanest Coal Plant in the World?

Living Green & Saving Energy

Many people believe that “clean coal” is an oxymoron. Coal is considered the dirtiest fossil fuel because of high emissions of CO2 when it is burned. Now that natural gas prices have dropped to record low levels, spurring a transition in power generation from coal to natural gas, use of coal is dropping and prices [.]. carbon capture clean coal CCS Summit Power

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Mass. Activists Cheer Coal Plant Retirement, Call for Transition Plan

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Tom coal plant , knowing that its significant air pollution will soon end. Last week the plant's owners, GDF Suez, announced that the plant will cease operations in October 2014. For years members of these groups have been writing letters, holding rallies, protesting, speaking at public hearings, and more to urge the retirement of the plant because of its public health and environmental effects. "The Tom coal plant. "We've

Dr. Kim's Deadly New Coal Plant?

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But far from steering this ship in the right direction, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim is on the verge of overseeing his first deadly new coal plant. Dr. Kim''s new coal plant is a highly controversial project planned in Kosovo which has been described by Kim as a nightmare scenario where Kosovars are ''freezing to death'' because they lack energy. Yes another coal plant that will kill people is needed to avoid more death by freezing.

Indian Court Strikes Down Another Coal Plant

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In justifying its decision to revoke the environmental clearance for a huge 1,050-megawatt coal plant the Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT) described its original approval as 'smacking of non-application of mind.' In fact, if the world moves forward with the massive coal pipeline it has planned, future generations will have much stronger words than these. Chattisgarh along with neighboring Jharkhand makes up the heart of Indian coal country.

Early Exit for Coal Plant in Pennsylvania

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It's never too early to shut down coal. Earlier this month, NRG Energy settled a lawsuit that will end coal use six months early at the Portland Generating Station in Portland, Pennsylvania. The company also announced plans to shutter its Titus Station coal-fired plant outside Philadelphia one-and-a-half years early. The two states targeted the coal plant for pollution in a lawsuit, and the announcement of the early closure is a result of the legal settlement.

Waterways Need Better Protections From Coal Plants

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The Sierra Club, Delaware Riverkeepers , and the Clean Air Council won some airtime in Pennsylvania during the Independence Day holiday weekend by hosting a press conference that featured a "living mural" backdrop calling for the EPA to finalize strong standards on toxic discharges from coal plants and clean up waterways. Organizers and volunteers were able to collect more than 150 signatures on cards addressed to the EPA in support of stronger water-dumping rules for coal plants.

Ukranian Coal Plant “Facelift” Actually Means More Pollution

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Burstyn Thermal Power Plant, photo courtesy NECU. However, this mission may now include pushing to expand the capacity of an already outdated and deadly Ukrainian coal plant: the Burshtyn power station -- a move that is risky, unnecessary, and would allow the companies involved to skirt EU pollution requirements. Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International   Coal Health International The U.S.

Will The UK Phase Out Coal Plants?

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Prime Minister David Cameron looks like he’s ready to move the UK beyond coal. In his statement at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City last week, Prime Minister Cameron pledged higher emissions standards for UK’s coal-fired power plants, and his team later tweeted that he plans to phase out existing coal-fired power plants in the UK in the next 10 to 15 years. And this is just the latest in a series of steps away from coal for the UK.

No Greenlight for Expansion of IFC-Funded Tata Mundra Coal Plant

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India’s king coal is well on its way to being dethroned. First, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) refused to finance an expansion of the dirty, destructive Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant back in May. Now it seems Indian courts  have agreed that the wide-reaching effects of this coal project are too controversial to move forward with the proposed expansion. This week didn’t start off any better for Tata or its Mundra coal plant.

Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

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I am thrilled for students at the University of Georgia: After more than four years of campaigning, gathering more than 5,000 signatures and 100 faculty endorsements, and a slew of community and campus events, the UGA Beyond Coal Campaign is seeing some serious results. Last week the UGA administration announced that the campus coal boiler will be replaced ! Students at UGA were among the first to bring the Campuses Beyond Coal Campaign to their campus.

Video: EPA, please adopt stronger coal plant water pollution standards!

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EPA, please adopt strong water pollution standards from coal-fired power plants from Kristen E on Vimeo.   The EPA is considering adopting new standards for water pollution coming from coal-fired power plants. Pollution from these plants contributes millions of tons of toxic chemicals into our waterways. Coal Dirty Fuels Safe and Healthy Communities Video

Indian Coal Plant Standards are Four to 20 Times Deadlier Than China's

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In March of 2013, Conservation Action Trust, Greenpeace India, and Urban Emissions revealed a shocking death toll from coal-fired power plants in India. They found that 80,000 to 115,000 people die every year from air pollution caused by coal plants. With numbers as high as those, the groups were curious to figure out why coal was killing so many Indians. million deaths from air pollution - has stronger coal plant pollution standards than India.

Local Communities Defy Southeast Asia’s Largest Proposed Coal Plant in Indonesia

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In the face of intimidation and human rights abuses by police and government representatives, five villages are standing united against a proposed 2,000 MW coal-fired power plant in Batang, Indonesia. They know that if the plant moves forward, it will destroy their land, their livelihoods, and their health. are opposing proposed new coal plants, these communities are calling for a halt to this coal project.   Coal International

Blog Action Day: Violence and Intimidation Don't Stop Indian Activists Fighting Deadly Coal Plant

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Here''s a post from Nicole Ghio of the Sierra Club International Program: Violence and Intimidation Don''t Stop Indian Activists Fighting Deadly Coal Plant. What would you do if a massive coal plant that would poison your air and water broke ground adjacent to your home? What if friends who attempted to protest the plant disappeared mysteriously? The truth is large, centralized coal projects like Sasan are terrible at addressing energy access.

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama’s Climate Test

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President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for new coal plants overseas. His pledge would end public funds – our taxpayer dollars – flowing to new coal plants except those that deploy carbon capture and sequestration technology (CCS), or are in the world’s poorest countries when there is no other option, and use the most efficient technology. Coal International

Maine Town Tells Coal Plant to Clean Up Its Act

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Every week it seems like yet another small town gets fed up with the coal industry and demands action. This week's fantastic example comes from Eliot, Maine, where Tuesday night residents voted 906 to 560 to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate dangerous sulfur dioxide pollution coming from the Schiller Station coal plant just across the border in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. " -- Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director.

Ex Im Bank: New Dirty, Controversial Coal Plant? Where Do We.

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COP 18: What Negotiators Can Learn from the Qatar Symphony Orchestra » Ex Im Bank: New Dirty, Controversial Coal Plant? taxpayer money as possible to dirty climate destroying coal projects with devastating social and environmental impacts , the U.S. But wait, you say, that doesn't sound like a coal plant. But tucked into the investor agreement is a requirement to construct a new 750 MW coal-fired plant to power the mine after four years.

World Bank-Supported Coal Plant Faces Further Delays Due to Local Opposition

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Just one week after a report from Oil Change International revealed how the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC) is circumventing the prohibitions on funding for coal plants in the new energy strategy by using development policy loans and financial intermediaries to finance over 40 coal projects in Indonesia , Japan's Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power) Coal Energy Solutions Health International

Navy's Steps to Demolish Its Last Coal Plant Lead to Energy Efficiencies

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On July 9 at the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head in Maryland, the Navy said goodbye to the Goddard coal-fired power plant when the aging facility was demolished. Constructed in 1957, the Goddard Power Plant generated steam, compressed air and approximately 67 percent of the electric power used at NSF Indian Head. The demolition of the Goddard coal-fired power plant will save NSF $7.5 "Each year with the current plant,” said Capt.

Violence and Intimidation Continue to Plague Opponents of U.S. Supported Indian Coal Plant

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The toll coal takes on communities across India is staggering: 100,000 premature deaths annually , a $33 billion "coal-gate" scandal , and financial collapse that is pushing plants to the brink of bankruptcy , but only after families have been forcibly evicted to make way for deadly projects. From the outside, Reliance Energy's 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant, under construction in Singrauli, appears no different than any other risky coal project in the country.

Grassroots Activists Across the Globe Condemn World Bank President’s Continued Support of Tata Mundra Coal Plant

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After a yearlong investigation, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), the independent accountability mechanism at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), issued a damning report that found serious lapses in the IFC’s $450 million loan for the 4,000-megawatt Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant in Gujarat, India. Coal International Photo credit: BIC.

Will a dirty coal plant in Kosovo spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

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  For the fourth year in a row , the World Bank’s investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. Currently, Kosovo relies on two old and extremely dirty coal-fired plants for most of its electricity. One of these plants recently exploded , leaving the country to rely on even more imported energy.

Limiting the Toxic Pollution from Coal Plants

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Jackson was on The Daily Show last week, talking to Jon Stewart about the EPA's proposed rules to limit mercury, acid gases and other toxic pollution from coal plants. EPA hearings on mercury from coal-fired power plants took place in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Administrator Lisa P.

Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

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The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. My name is Nick Mullins and I am a 4th generation former underground coal miner from Southwestern Virginia. The proud heritage of the coal miner has been soiled by the greed of an industry that knows no bounds in its exploitation of decent, hardworking people. 

New Ads Highlight World Bank's Deadly Coal Plans For Kosovo.

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Automakers Back Call for Fuel Economy Standards » New Ads Highlight World Banks Deadly Coal Plans For Kosovo. Despite the World Bank president Dr. Kims high-profile calls to tackle climate change, the institution continues to barrel forward with its support for a dirty new coal plant in Kosovo. Now, armed with the World Banks own statistics, and some devastating public health advertisements, Kosovar civil society is opening a new front in the battle against coal.

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Union of Concerned Scientists Report Finds One-Third of US Coal.

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Spirit Bears, Salmon, and Tar Sands Oil Dont Mix » Union of Concerned Scientists Report Finds One-Third of US Coal Plants Ripe For Retirement. coal plants are due for retirement because they are outdated, lack modern pollution controls, and can no longer compete in the marketplace with other forms of energy. This is an incredible amount of coal-fired generators that are being shown as economy uncompetitive with more affordable energy sources like wind power!

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Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona.

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South Florida Citizens Demand Rubio Support Climate Action » Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona Beyond Coal. Toxic air pollution from the Apache, Coronado, and Cholla coal plants kills dozens and hospitalizes hundreds each year. Health expenses linked to these plants surpass $300 million each year. The safeguards will put in place equipment used in more than 200 other coal plants across the U.S. Coal-Director.

New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal.

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COP 18: The Before and the Beginning » New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal Boondoggle. As state regulators prepare to make a major decision on the future of a proposed Indiana coal plant with a $3.5 Duke Energy is expecting its Indiana customers to pay for a new coal plant thats now $1.5 Coal is not cheap no matter how you look at it. Americans know we can do better than coal power. Coal-Director. Compass.

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Filthy and Over-Budget? Let the Public Pay For It! - Compass

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Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona Beyond Coal » Filthy and Over-Budget? A fight over a new coal plant in Mississippi that is heating up this week offers a powerful example of the high cost of coal, both for our wallets and our health. The latest dangerous political theater comes from Mississippi, where MS Power is attempting to build an experimental coal plant ( IGCC ) in Kemper County, Mississippi, along with a huge lignite coal mine.

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China’s Pollution And Us

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Particles from coal plants in China have been found landing on the West Coast of the United States and the drifting of these particles is a global problem. Now, this does not mean that China can be written off for its practices of allowing poor environmental regulations at its countless coal plants, but before we start slinging mud at China, we should start looking at our own consumer habits. Environment Green News China china coal plants china pollution consumerism

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How Science Prevailed Over the Politics of Climate Change

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Existing plants are grandfathered into the new standards. Natural gas facilities have the distinct advantage over coal power plants in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. Climate Change coal plants greenhouse gas emissions natural gas Perhaps no topic has aroused such passion and fury on both fronts as climate change. The decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to apply the Clean Air Act to greenhouse gases fueled this debate.

Why we must oppose transition to gas-fired power

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However expansion of Australia’s exported GHG pollution is occurring through increasing black coal, liquid natural gas (LNG) and dried brown coal exports and increased pollution domestically through new fossil fuel power plants (coal and natural gas). Thus exports of brown coal from Victoria to Asia are expected to reach 20 million tonnes [Mt] per year (74 million tonnes CO2-e). [3]. tonnes C/MWh for major brown coal plants and 0.6-0.9

Is something better than nothing?

Environmental Economics

percent — is accurate, choosing to build a new gas power plant instead of a new coal plant produces immediate greenhouse emissions benefits, and that would be the case even if the leakage rate were nearly a point higher. Replacing old, inefficient coal plants with new natural gas facilities would presumably produce larger benefits. Assuming the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimate of the industry’s methane leakage rate — 2.4

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Is something better than nothing?

Environmental Economics

percent — is accurate, choosing to build a new gas power plant instead of a new coal plant produces immediate greenhouse emissions benefits, and that would be the case even if the leakage rate were nearly a point higher. Replacing old, inefficient coal plants with new natural gas facilities would presumably produce larger benefits. Assuming the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimate of the industry’s methane leakage rate — 2.4

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"Economists Debunk Media Fearmongering About New EPA Rule"

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Media Matters : After the EPA proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, several conservative media outlets claimed that the new rule would increase electricity prices for consumers by prohibiting the construction of coal plants without carbon dioxide controls. But economists and other analysts say that because low natural gas prices are already suppressing coal-plant growth, the rule will not significantly affect electricity rates.

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March Calls for Expansion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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This past Saturday hundreds of tribal leaders, clean energy supporters, and faith leaders from across the southwest joined the Moapa Band of Paiutes for a 16-mile "Coal to Clean Energy Walk." The march came on the heels of NV Energy announcing plans to retire its coal plants and stop drawing power from Arizona''s Navajo Generating Station. NV Energy moving to close the coal plant is the result of countless families coming together to demand change.

EPA greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants may not be cost minimizing

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s proposal remain confidential, experts predict that it will include separate standards for carbon dioxide emissions from plants fired by natural gas and by coal. Plants using comparatively clean gas would be permitted to emit perhaps 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, a ceiling within easy reach using modern technologies. Coal-fired plants, meanwhile, may be allowed to emit as many as 1,400 pounds per megawatt-hour. Shame on you!

Protecting Our Water from Coal Pollution

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Well believe it or not, for decades, power plants have been allowed to dump toxic pollution into our nation''s waterways, with almost no limits. Coal plants have become by far the largest source of toxic water pollution in the country! Click the graphic at the left to see more details) Today the Sierra Club joined a coalition in releasing a report (PDF) that highlights the critical need to clean up power plant water pollution.

Dr. Kim’s World Bank Legacy Hinges on Kosovo Climate Test

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That’s why all eyes are now focused on whether Dr. Kim will walk the walk by rejecting a highly controversial new coal plant in the tiny Eastern European country of Kosovo. When it comes to making decisions that test their willingness to build climate legacies, President Obama has the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and Dr. Kim has a massive coal plant in Kosovo. Coal International

2013: A Landmark Year For Clean Energy; Twilight for Coal

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Solar and wind generation hit record highs, prices plummeted, and wind and solar took on increased market share from coal. Installation of renewable energy capacity outpaced coal, oil, and nuclear growth combined. The coal industry saw numerous setbacks, and nationwide thirty percent of existing coal plants in the United States are now announced to retire -- 158 plants, representing over 20 percent of the nation’s coal power.

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New Ads Reveal Coal Isn’t Cheap in Kosovo

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That’s the number of Kosovars the World Bank estimates die every year due to pollution from coal-fired power plants. But instead of helping Kosovo transition to safer, clean energy, and despite its own estimates of coal’s deadly cost, the World Bank and the U.S. Government are pushing for a new coal plant that will burn the dirtiest form of coal, lignite, in Pristina, one of Europe’s most polluted cities. Coal International

Asheville Votes to Move Beyond Coal

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That's right, Asheville, North Carolina, can now join the ranks of cities that have chosen to move beyond coal. On Tuesday night the city council voted UNANIMOUSLY to move the city from coal-fired electricity toward a clean energy future. The resolution establishes a partnership between Duke Energy - owner of Asheville's coal plant - and the city to work together in developing a plan to phase out the use of coal in western North Carolina. Chicago.