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US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution

by Associated Press  (Jul. 25, 2014)

One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world. Now the coal comes the other way. The 750-megawatt Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Luenen GmbH & Co. power plant relies completely on coal imports, about half from the U.S. Soon, all of ...

Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

by Associated Press  (Jul. 29, 2014)

Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent ...

UK capacity market will benefit old coal, not new gas

by Bloomberg New Energy Finance  (Jul. 24, 2014)

The UK government’s new capacity market, which will support electricity generating plants that can be switched on to deal with shortages and so help to prevent black-outs, will prolong the lives of some of the country’s coal fleet. These coal-fired power stations have an average age of 42 years and produce higher carbon emissions per ...

Federal Issues - TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/EPCRA

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Jul. 15, 2014)

Limited Space Still Available For Sustainable Futures Training Workshop: There are still spaces available for the Sustainable Futures Training workshop scheduled for August 5-7, 2014, at the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C. Attendees at the three-day workshop will get firsthand experience with the ...

Construction Begins on DOE-Sponsored Carbon-Capture Project at Kentucky Power Plant

by US Department of Energy  (Jul. 21, 2014)

Today, construction began on an innovative $19.5 million carbon-capture pilot, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The 2 megawatt thermal system will be the first megawatt-scale carbon-capture pilot unit in the Commonwealth. Officials of the ...

California hearing set on tough oil refinery rules

by Associated Press  (Jul. 16, 2014)

The Environmental Protection Agency is coming to one of the nation's largest petroleum-producing areas to hold public hearings on a proposal aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from California to Texas through tough new controls on oil refineries. The daylong hearing set for Wednesday will be held at a community center in Wilmington, a ...

UN Green Climate Fund receives €750m record pledge from Germany

by Climate Action  (Jul. 17, 2014)

The fund officially opened in South Korea in December last year and officials are aiming to raise US$100 billion (£58 billion) to assist developing nations in their efforts to develop low-carbon economies. The GCF opened up for big donations in May after completing rules on how it will collect and distribute the money and Executive Director ...

Publication of Implementing Geological Disposal White Paper 2014

by Department of Energy and Climate Change  (Jul. 24, 2014)

I am today publishing a White Paper on implementing geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. The White Paper – Implementing Geological Disposal - follows a public consultation that my department carried out during 2013 on potential amendments to the existing siting process established in 2008 ...

German INDUSTRIEPREIS for SCHOTT Receivers

by SCHOTT AG / SCHOTT Solar CSP GmbH  (Jul. 22, 2014)

SCHOTT is this year’s winner of the 2014 INDUSTRIEPREIS (2014 German Industry Prize) in the category Energy & Environment. The international technology group was recognized for its high-performance receivers that are used in solar power plants. Thanks to their mature technology, SCHOTT receivers have a significant impact on the ...

Fuel cells for powering homes

by Elhuyar Fundazioa - Basque Research  (Jul. 17, 2014)

One of the applications that fuel cells may have is the supplying of homes with electrical power. When considering applications of this type that call for greater power, a research group in the UPV/EHU’s department of Mineralogy and Petrology has studied the use of one type of material, perovskites, for the design of these cells. Fuel cells ...

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