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EPA Announces National Enforcement Initiatives for Coming Years

EPA Announces National Enforcement Initiatives for Coming Years

Release Date: 02/18/2016

Mercury Monitoring at Coal-Fired Power and Cement Producing Plants in the U.S.

Written by Dr Volker Schmid & Jim Wright of CleanAir

Differentiator for MDL for Gravimetrics Analyses on LinkedIn - Posted January 24, 2016

Federal Reserve Economic Outlook for 2016 Slides - Posted January 23, 2016

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Dream a Step Closer to Reality - Posted January 22, 2016

D.C. Circuit Denies Stay of Clean Power Plan - Posted January 22, 2016

“January 2016 decision by the lower court is the first of many legal steps that will take place in the coming weeks and months as we seek to overturn Obama’s costly power plan,” said Laura Sheehan, a spokesperson for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “We remain hopeful that the court’s ultimate decision will be in favor of the best interests of the nation.”

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Commission unveils key energy infrastructure projects to integrate Europe’s energy markets and diversify sources

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

The European Commission has today adopted a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects which will help deliver Europe’s energy and climate objectives and form key building blocks of the EU’s Energy Union. The projects – known as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) – will enable the gradual build-up of the Energy Union by integrating the energy markets in Europe, by diversifying the energy sources and transport routes. In addition, the PCI's adopted today will help bring an end to the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, bringing down carbon emissions. PCIs benefit from accelerated permitting procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may be eligible for financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). A budget of €5.35 billion has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure under the CEF from 2014-20, helping projects of common interest to get implemented faster and making them more attractive to investors.

https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/news/commission-unveils-list-195-key-energy-infrastructure-projects

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FactChecking the State of the Union

Jan 2016

Cutting Carbon Emissions

As he did in his 2014 address, Obama claimed that the U.S. has “cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth.” That’s true, at least in terms of the total tonnage of emissions reduced. However, other countries have reduced their emissions by a larger percentage than the U.S.

We most recently checked this claim in December when Secretary of State John Kerry said “the United States of America has already reduced its emissions more than any other country in the world.”

As we pointed out then, the U.S., the second largest emitter of carbon pollution, reduced its emissions by 583 million metric tons between 2003 and 2012. That’s more than any other country, according to Energy Information Administration data. But that’s also a 10 percent reduction, and other nations including France (10.7 percent) and the United Kingdom (12.9 percent), to name a few, saw larger percentage reductions during that time period.

EPRI Speciated Hg Testing Guidance Document is now available.

EPRI recently released a guidance document for speciated mercury testing:

The document is quite comprehensive, and includes some good background information about mercury measurements, mercury chemistry, and fate of mercury in APC systems. It also includes an EPRI standard test method of using sorbent traps for speciated Hg testing (Appendix B).

CleanAir was one of three primary contributors to the standard test method (the other two were Aura Scientific and USEPA). Much of the information regarding the field testing procedures came directly from our input. We also contributed to the guidance document itself.

The document is free to the public.

Best System of Emissions Reduction (BSER) consists of three building blocks from, www.EPA.gov:

1: “reducing the carbon intensity of electricity generation by improving the heat rate of existing coal-fired power plants”;

Proven Coal Reserves By Country

2: “substituting increased electricity generation from lower-emitting existing natural gas plants for reduced generation from higher-emitting coal-fired power plants”;

Proven Natural Gas Reserves by Country

and

3: “substituting increased electricity generation from new zero-emitting renewable energy sources (like wind and solar) for reduced generation from existing coal-fired power plants.”

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