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NCC was pleased to welcome Assistant Secretary Winberg at our 2018 Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.
Winberg Delivers Keynote Remarks at National Coal Council Meeting

NCC was pleased to welcome Assistant Secretary Winberg at our 2018 Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.

In remarks to the National Coal Council on April 12, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg stressed the

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The Carbon Capture Game Changer

#Allam Cycle explained for the non-engineer! Brilliant!
Plus check out recent #NCC presentation for Allam Cycle coal application.

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Recent #DOE white paper addresses value of #CCUS in meeting U.S. climate, economic competitiveness and energy security goals.

The U.S. Department of #Energy published a white paper recently that notes that investment in and deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology lags other clean energy technologies. DOE notes that stronger policies would provide the financing and market certainty needed for deployment and to develop supply chains, commercial infrastructure and private sector investment in CCUS technologies. Continued #RD&D is also critical to improving performance and driving down the cost of CCUS technologies.

CCUS technologies provide a key pathway to address the urgent U.S. and global need for affordable, secure, resilient and reliable sources of clean energy. In the U.S., fossil fuel power plants account for 30% of total U.S. greenhouse gas #GHG emissions and will continue to be a major part of global energy consumption for decades to come. CCUS technology is necessary to meet climate change mitigation goals at the lowest possible cost to society, but its widespread deployment will require continued improvements in cost and performance.

Key sources within the industrial sector, which accounts for 21% of total U.S. GHG emissions, cannot be deeply decarbonized without CCUS. A combination of tax incentives and research, development, demonstration and deployment will be critical to developing transformational carbon capture technologies and to driving down the costs of capture.

Access the DOE white paper at:


Three #CCUS projects will be coming online in the U.S. in the next few months, including #Kemper, #PetraNova and #ADM.

Andrew Hlasko, Senior Project Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy (#DOE), highlighted the forthcoming projects during a presentation in Washington, DC on September 29th at a technology showcase hosted by the Coal Utilization Research Center (#CURC).

The three projects – the Kemper County Energy Facility in Mississippi, the Petra Nova project in Texas, and the Archer Daniels Midland Illinois Industrial CCS Project – reflect a wide variety of technology types.

Details on the CURC showcase at

Exchange Monitor report provides brief overview of projects at


Deadline to apply for $6.7 million in #DOE funding for #CO2 utilization technologies from #coal power plants is October 3, 2016.

DOE’s National Energy Technology Lab #NETL is seeking to fund research on technologies that utilize CO2 from coal plants to produce useful products without generating additional CO2 or greenhouse gas #GHG emissions, validated via a product life cycle analysis #LCA.

Details at

See also recent #NationalCoalCouncil report urging DOE support for RD&D and incentives to advance technologies that use CO2. “CO2 Building Blocks: Assessing CO2 Utilization Options” report is available at


#NationalCoalCouncil finalized a report for Secretary #Moniz urging support for RD&D and incentives to advance technolog...
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#NationalCoalCouncil finalized a report for Secretary #Moniz urging support for RD&D and incentives to advance technologies that use #CO2.

The NCC report “CO2 Building Blocks: Assessing CO2 Utilization Options” was prepared in response to a request from U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz to assess #EOR and non-EOR CO2 utilization options. It identifies CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) as the most immediate, highest value opportunity to use the greatest volume of CO2, thus incentivizing the more rapid deployment of CCUS technologies. Non-EOR applications may hold promise in the longer term and further investments should be pursued.

There is a growing consensus among industry, the environmental community and governments that CO2 reduction goals can’t be met by renewable energy alone. CCUS technologies will need to be deployed to achieve climate objectives in the U.S. and globally. A broadly deployed mix of CO2 utilization technologies can help advance CCUS deployment.

The NCC report is available at The NCC report is available at

North American Trilateral Agreement Promotes #Renewables; #CCUS Cooperation Canadian Prime Minister Justin #Trudeau, U.S...
Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership

North American Trilateral Agreement Promotes #Renewables; #CCUS Cooperation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin #Trudeau, U.S. President Barack #Obama, and Mexican President Enrique #Peña Nieto today announced a historic goal for North America to strive to achieve 50% clean power generation by 2025. The leaders propose to accomplish this goal through clean energy development and deployment, clean energy innovation and energy efficiency.

Building on North American leadership in international forums such as Mission Innovation to accelerate clean energy innovation, the three nation’s energy researchers will identify joint research and demonstration initiatives to advance clean technologies in priority areas such as: electricity grids and energy storage; reducing methane emissions; carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); and advanced heating and cooling, including energy efficiency in buildings.

Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto share a common commitment to a competitive, low-carbon and sustainable North American economy and society. The Paris Agreement was a turning point for our planet, representing unprecedented accord on the urgent n...

AEO2016 - Issues in Focus articles - U.S. Energy Information Administration

#EIA Updated Annual Energy Outlook (#AEO) Projects More Renewables, Less Coal

The Energy Information Administration’s AEO 2016 Extended Policies case assumes that the value of tax credits for eligible #renewable electricity generation sources as of 2016 is extended through 2040, and that the stringency of the Clean Power Plan #CPP increases from 2030–40, requiring emissions in 2040 to be 45% below the 2005 total. As a result, #coal-fired generation declines to 779 billion kWh in 2040 in the Extended Policies case, compared with 919 billion kWh in the Reference case.

Generation from oil and natural gas in 2040 also is lower in the Extended Policies case, at 1,686 billion kWh, compared with 1,952 billion kWh in the Reference case. Generation from renewable technologies in 2040 is higher in the Extended Policies case, at 1,663 billion kWh, than in the Reference case (1,374 billion kWh), and nuclear power generation is virtually the same in the two cases.

Access the EIA Extended Policies report:

Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government

Climate Advocates: 45Q is Key Catalyst to Address Climate Change

Green Groups Support Extension of #45Q #CO2 Storage Tax Credit

In a letter to the Senate on June 23, Third Way, Clean Air Task Force (#CATF), Center for #Climate and Energy Solutions, and Great Plains Institute urged Congress to expand and extend the 45Q tax credit noting that “We need CCUS to meet climate goals—full stop. And like other low carbon energy technologies, CCUS will require federal policies that incentivize its development and deployment. The 45Q tax credit is a cost-effective tool that rewards projects per ton of utilized or stored CO2 and it’s almost always less costly than other low carbon energy technology incentives. There are a lot of reasons to support CCUS and 45Q—jobs, the economy, energy security—but it should be non-negotiable for climate advocates.”

#NationalCoalCouncil Policy Parity report for Secretary #Moniz also supports revision of 45Q.

Four NGOs make the climate case to Senate leadership for including an expansion and extension of the 45Q tax credit in the FAA reauthorization legislation.


#MISO annual resource adequacy survey projects possible Midwest power supply shortfall in 2018 and beyond

A MISO annual assessment shows that the Midwest region should be able to meet the expected peak demand for electricity with an adequate safety margin for 2017 - a surplus of 2.7 gigawatts (GW) is available. That surplus, however, could be reduced by 2/3rds to 0.9 GW if recently announced coal and nuclear generation retirements and suspensions in Southern Illinois materialize. If these retirements proceed as announced, available resources could fall below minimum required reserve margin levels as early as 2018.

Midcontinent Independent System Operator Annual Survey

Wisconsin State Journal

See #NationalCoalCouncil report on “The Value of Our Existing Coal Fleet” at

The Organization of MISO States (OMS) and MISO released the results of their annual resource adequacy survey. The results indicate that the MISO region has adequate capacity for 2017 with potential shortages in 2018 and beyond.

NETL Launches a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research at Pennsylvania State University

#DOE’s National Energy Technology Lab (#NETL) has launched the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (#UCFER)

Pennsylvania State University was selected as the lead institution for the Coalition which will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from participating universities to address the fundamental research challenges that impede advancement of fossil energy-based technologies.

Research performed by UCFER members will directly support the Office of Fossil Energy’s Coal and Oil and Gas programs by focusing efforts in a variety of pertinent areas that include, but are not limited to, advanced energy systems, CO2 capture and storage, natural gas resources and infrastructure, and onshore and offshore oil and gas technology. The Coalition will facilitate basic and applied energy research and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration among the member universities and NETL.

Founding Coalition member universities include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University, Texas A&M University, University of Kentucky, University of Southern California, University of Tulsa, University of Wyoming and Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Members of the Coalition will actively seek industry participation in research projects and promote technology transfer to the private sector.

For additional information:

#NCC’s website features a collection of articles on government and industry initiatives to advance deployment of clean coal technologies.

NETL Launches a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research at Pennsylvania State University


#UniversityofCambridge article challenges heavy reliance on #renewable #energy to meet #climate goals.

University of Cambridge Professor M.J. Kelly’s article, “Lessons from technology development for energy and sustainability” notes that there are lessons to be learned from the recent history of technology introductions that should be assessed when considering alternative energy technology for #CO2 emissions reductions. Prof. Kelly argues that only fossil fuels and nuclear fuels have the ability to power megacities in 2050, when over half of the 9 billion people will live in them.

He notes that as the more severe predictions of climate change over the last 25 years are simply not happening, it makes no sense to deploy the more costly options for renewable energy. He argues that all the actions taken together unti now to reduce emissions of CO2 will not achieve a serious reduction, and in some cases, they will actually make matters worse.

The thought-provoking article was published in the #MaterialsResearchSociety’s Review Journal and can be accessed at

For more information on coal’s role in a diversified energy portfolio see #NationalCoalCouncil at


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