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EU green light for UK carbon capture and storage project - BBC News

Today in CCS - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:15

BBC News

EU green light for UK carbon capture and storage project
BBC News
A UK project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU. The European Commission has confirmed that the White Rose carbon capture and storage (CCS) project is in line to win the cash (equivalent to ...

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12 U.S. States Dominate Wind Power

Colorado Energy News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:50

According to Today in Energy, 12 states dominated the U.S. wind power market in 2013. These states accounted for 80 percent of wind-generated electricity according to preliminary data released in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) March Electric Power Monthly.

Once again, Texas took the honors of top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity produced annually. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

Combined, these 12 states produced 134 million MWh of electricity from wind. Nationwide, 167 million MWh of power came from wind in 2013, a 19 percent increase from 2012. Wind power increased its share of U.S. total electricity generation in 2013 from 3.5 percent to 4.1 percent. All but 13 states reported to EIA some generation from wind, and 23 states increased their wind generation more than 10 percent above 2012 production levels. California’s wind generation exceeded geothermal generation for the first time in 2013.

The proportion of wind to total electricity generated varied widely by state. Leading the nation in wind generation share was Iowa with 27.4 percent of net electricity production coming from wind turbines. Second was South Dakota, at 26 percent. Other states with more than twice the national share of 4.1 percent wind power were Kansas, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, and Texas.

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Climate Institute backs carbon capture - The Australian

Today in CCS - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:31

Climate Institute backs carbon capture
The Australian
Moving Below Zero: Understanding Bio-energy with Carbon Capture & Storage includes a world-first study examining the role of carbon removal technologies in national climate policy scenarios. Carried out by leading economics firm Jacobs SKM, the ...

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carbon capture scheme wins €300m from EU - Financial Times

Today in CCS - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:44

carbon capture scheme wins €300m from EU
Financial Times
Brussels is to grant €300m to a pioneering carbon capture and storage project in the UK. The move comes as the EU seeks to regain its lead in a technology seen as crucial in the fight against climate change. Officials said the White Rose CCS ...

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Biomass Carbon Capture and Storage can eliminate up to 65 Million tonnes of ... - Austrian Tribune

Today in CCS - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:13

Austrian Tribune

Biomass Carbon Capture and Storage can eliminate up to 65 Million tonnes of ...
Austrian Tribune
In fact, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report has also raised concerns by saying that controlling 2 degrees by 2100 would not be possible without the help of carbon-removal technologies and especially bioenergy with carbon ...
Plants the key to removing 63m tonnes of carbon dioxide a yearThe Guardian

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Colorado Oil Drilling Boom Intensifies as Voter Initiatives Multiply

Colorado Energy News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:55

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers was walking down Denver’s 16th Street Mall recently when a Greenpeace activist asked if he’d like to ban fracking. It reflected the intensifying battle over how to balance public demands for a pristine environment and health versus ramped-up production of fossil fuels.

Front Range residents have proposed 17 state ballot measures to bolster local control over drilling, short of a statewide ban, and are drawing support from at least one Internet-made multimillionaire — U.S. Rep. Jared Polis. Coloradans for Local Control campaign adviser Rick Ridder said national groups also will join the fray, fighting the industry’s Colorado Oil and Gas Association and Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development.

Suthers concluded that “we are, in fact, the ground zero” in the national debate. “There’s going to be more and more discussion about the local government-state tension” in regulating industry expansion, he said.

And this week in Denver, Suthers is hosting a first summit of states’ chief law enforcement officers to address challenges as the expansion outpaces existing rules.

Among experts called for the forum, Colorado School of Mines petroleum geologist Steve Sonnenberg said he’ll describe the scope of the boom. An area northeast of Denver holds 3 billion to 5 billion barrels of untapped oil, Sonnenberg said. While natural gas production is slowing, oil production in Colorado has set records — 63 million barrels in 2013, up from 49 million in 2012. “Now we’re transforming back to an oil state,” Sonnenberg said. MORE …

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Climate Institute backs carbon capture - Business Spectator

Today in CCS - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:20

Austrian Tribune

Climate Institute backs carbon capture
Business Spectator
Moving Below Zero: Understanding Bio-energy with Carbon Capture & Storage includes a world-first study examining the role of carbon removal technologies in national climate policy scenarios. Carried out by leading economics firm Jacobs SKM, the ...
Biomass Carbon Capture and Storage can eliminate up to 65 Million tonnes of ...Austrian Tribune
Plants the key to removing 63m tonnes of carbon dioxide a yearThe Guardian
Bio-energy to reduce emissionsWA today

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UN Report Calls for Extracting Carbon from the Air - MIT Technology Review

Today in CCS - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 21:13

Treehugger

UN Report Calls for Extracting Carbon from the Air
MIT Technology Review
The second is an approach called bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS. This involves growing trees and other biomass, burning it to generate electricity, and then capturing the carbon dioxide this releases and storing it underground.
Could Vacuuming CO2 Slow Climate Change?NBCNews.com
Renewables, nuclear must triple to save climate, UN saysFuelFix (blog)
Factbox: The abridged IPCCBusiness Spectator
DailyTech -Spectator.co.uk (blog) -Treehugger
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Fossil Fuel Industry’s Tired Battle Against Clean Energy Is Also A Losing One

Colorado Energy News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:13

By Jim Marston, originally published on Forbes.com, April 12, 2014

The assault on successful renewable energy legislation continues, long after the facts have proven that state renewable policies deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy solutions that the majority of Americans support. Apparently, the fossil fuel industry and its so-called “free market” allies didn’t get the memo.

There’s a great line in the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s 2000 blockbuster Gladiator where a soldier says to his general, as they are about to slaughter an overmatched foe, “People should know when they’re conquered.” The general replies, “Would you? Would I?”

So I can’t really blame the fossil fuel industry for fighting old battles in an effort to undo approaches that have increased investment in renewable energy in states around the country, created thousands of jobs, and continue to lower energy costs with each passing day.

The usual targets of their attacks are state laws that require a certain percentage of the state’s total energy generation to come from renewable sources like solar, wind, or hydropower. Ohio is the most recent battleground, where state legislators began hearing testimony last week on S.B. 310, a law that would freeze Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards at their 2014 levels. Sometimes called renewable portfolio standards (RPS) or renewable energy standards (RES), these laws are in place in 30 states. They have not only proven economically successful across the country, but they are popular in both red and blue states alike.

Just last month, for example, a scientific poll found that Kansas’ 2009 renewable energy law enjoys overwhelming support across political lines: 73% of Republicans, 75% of Independents, and 82% of Democrats support the law. In fact, two-thirds of those polled said they would support increasing the state’s renewable energy law, even if it increased their energy bills.

This is Kansas, mind you – not California – whose State Legislature is virtually 100% conservative Republican.

In Texas, which is the largest generator of wind energy in the country, the Republican comptroller has toutedthe state RPS as an economic driver: “After the RPS was implemented, Texas wind corporations and utilities invested $1 billion in wind power, creating jobs…and increasing the rural tax base.”

Everyone knows that Texas’ history is deeply rooted in oil and gas. But the state RPS is popular among elected officials that have witnessed the remarkable economic boom it sparked. Texas has already surpassed the RPS goal set for 2015. More than 1,300 companies employ more than 100,000 Texans in industries directly and indirectly related to renewable energy.

The state’s Public Utilities Commission concluded that mass deployment of wind reduces the price of electricity for the entire market – each 1,000 MW of wind lowers the wholesale price of electricity by $2.38/MWh.

Colorado’s program has also been a success. The American Wind Energy Association estimates that the state’s RPS is supporting nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs and generating a billion dollars in capital investment along with millions in leasing revenue for landowners who benefit from the policy. MORE …

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Fossil fuel use to continue but carbon capture necessary - ABC Online

Today in CCS - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 19:45

Fossil fuel use to continue but carbon capture necessary
ABC Online
Climate change economist Ross Garnaut says fossil fuels will continue as the dominant global energy source for decades to come. But he says it's essential that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is commercially deployed to reduce C02 emissions from coal ...

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Battle Lines Drawn in State-by-State Defense of Net Metering and Solar

Colorado Energy News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 06:19

Source: American Solar Energy Society

It’s been an interesting month on the net-metering front. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs), led by their trade group the Edison Electric Institute, last fall launched a state-by-state campaign claiming that net metering creates an existential threat to their traditional regulated-monopoly business model. Beginning in 1982, net metering laws have been adopted in 43 states, where state legislatures were convinced that the practice was fair value to both utilities and all ratepayers.

IOUs want to slash net-metering rates, or impose high fixed-rate connection fees or surcharges, or eliminate net meter entirely. Where they’re successful, they will reduce the value of solar to homeowners and sharply cut the profits of third-party solar providers (often called leasing companies) like SolarCity, Sunrun, Sungevity and Verengo. The solar lease companies have formed their own lobbying group, The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) to defend net metering.  TASC  finds allies among local installer groups (state solar energy industry associations), advocacy organizations like ASES chapters and Vote Solar, and even with the new, conservative-leaning  political group TUSK (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed), now actively lobbying on behalf of solar in Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma, Louisiana and both Carolinas. The name was not chosen randomly: TUSK’s logo features an elephant, and the organization is co-chaired by Tom Morrisey, former chairman of Arizona’s Republican Party, and former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.

While Vermont last month greatly expanded its net metering provisions, the battle continues in other states.

In California, where state law requires a replacement for the existing net metering system by the end of 2015, the Public Utilities Commission voted at the end of March to let existing solar owners keep their existing net metering contacts for 20 years from the time of installation.

Here in Colorado, the public utilities commission separated the issue of net-metering rates from the Xcel Energy rate-setting process. A series of meetings to hash out the value of rooftop solar is scheduled to begin April 29. Xcel, which now pays 10.5 cents per kilowatt hour, will argue that the rate should fall to 4.5 cents. TASC and allies like Vote Solar and the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA) will argue that the rate should reflect the savings solar provides in all costs of providing power to homes, including the costs of fuel, central power plants, transmission lines and pollution abatement.

Xcel’s home state of Minnesota has already begun that process to determine the value of solar (VOS). The result may turn out to be a rise in rates paid to solar homeowners. In Austin, Texas, where the municipal power company pioneered the VOS concept, the VOS tariff paid to solar homeowners dropped from 12.8 cents/kWh to 10.7 c/kWh in January, due mainly to the reduced cost of generating electricity with natural gas.

Louisiana’s Public Service Commission last month decided to hire a consultant to figure out VOS issues, and after a false start in the bidding process now hopes to name that consultant within a month.

Casting Loose from the Grid?

While all this is going on, the Rocky Mountain Institute issued a report claiming that the real long-term threat to regulated utilities lies in the falling cost of energy storage systems. Driven by the growing popularity of hybrid and fully-electric cars and delivery fleets, efficient batteries are growing cheaper. That process will accelerate rapidly as Tesla and Panasonic carry through plans to build the world’s largest battery factory somewhere in the American Southwest.

When solar homeowners can afford to store their own electricity in a  big, cheap battery bank, they’ll no longer need the grid, RMI argues. In less than 20 years, if electricity prices continue to rise, consumers will begin to leave the grid in droves, just as cell phone owners have cut loose from land lines over the past decade. More

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Extreme gear: 12 high-tech must-haves for your outdoor adventure - The Globe and Mail

RM CCS by Google - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:00

Extreme gear: 12 high-tech must-haves for your outdoor adventure
The Globe and Mail
The route I'll be taking across Spain is safe and well travelled. But as I'll be contending with mountains, rocky footpaths through Basque country, the occasional wild animal and my own clumsiness, having the means to communicate in an emergency is ...

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Could we SUCK UP climate change? Excess carbon dioxide could be absorbed ... - Daily Mail

Today in CCS - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:58

Daily Mail

Could we SUCK UP climate change? Excess carbon dioxide could be absorbed ...
Daily Mail
The draft IPCC chapter on energy systems says: 'A combination of bio-energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) generally will result in net negative emissions. BECCS is one of the few technologies that are capable to remove past CO2 emissions ...

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Carbon Capture and Storage Mapped - Environmental Leader

Today in CCS - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:57

Carbon Capture and Storage Mapped
Environmental Leader
Negotiating the ever-changing landscape of carbon capture and storage (CCS) can be tricky as projects move to construction, wrap up research programs or even change their names. Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has relaunched its Global ...

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The UN's Stupid Plan to Fight Climate Change with Biomass - Care2.com

Today in CCS - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:43

The UN's Stupid Plan to Fight Climate Change with Biomass
Care2.com
“Proponents of the technique – known as bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) – suggest that regrown trees and crops might sequester additional carbon, making the technology 'negative emission' because it might reduce the overall amount ...

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Florida power plant launches efficient clean coal technology - Responding to Climate Change

Today in CCS - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:38

Florida power plant launches efficient clean coal technology
Responding to Climate Change
That should make it easier to capture the greenhouse gas from the exhaust gas, using a technology called carbon capture and storage (CCS). CCS works by trapping CO2, compressing it, and pumping it underground, for example into saline aquifers or spent ...

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A heated debate over artificial cooling - Albany Times Union

Today in CCS - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 22:20

A heated debate over artificial cooling
Albany Times Union
One technology that is currently being tested at a small scale is called "bio-energy with carbon capture and storage," or BECCS. The idea is to grow crops that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere then burn them in a power station to generate energy.

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Chamber hears about SaskPower projects - Lifestyles Publications

Today in CCS - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:12

Chamber hears about SaskPower projects
Lifestyles Publications
“Our most obvious example is right at your back door: the carbon capture and storage project at Boundary Dam,” said May. “When it's up and fully running later this year, we expect to see carbon dioxide emissions from Unit 3 cut by up to 90 per cent or ...
SaskPower and Vattenfall to work together on CCS technologyPennEnergy (press release)

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Sask. invests in carbon capture - Meridian Booster

Today in CCS - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:22

Sask. invests in carbon capture
Meridian Booster
“We will have our new first carbon capture power plant coming into production here in 2014 and it is driven by technology, but we need to ensure that it can be stored safely and effectively and this research is (there) specifically to ensure that we ...

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AAAS News and Notes - Science Careers Blog (subscription)

Today in CCS - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:08

AAAS News and Notes
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He said his nation is developing the world's largest wind power capacity, expanding solar energy, and investing in carbon capture and storage technologies and new battery technologies for electric cars that require less palladium, platinum, and other ...

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