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Europe's Cap and Trade policies have pushed power prices to 2-3 times higher than US prices.
 

Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme Makes Electricity "A Luxury Good”

Once hailed as a global blueprint, the European model requires nations to increase renewable energy use, improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions rates through an expensive array of subsidies and emissions trading schemes. This approach has sent energy costs soaring, with electricity prices in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Europe 37 percent higher than the United States.

 

Shale Gas Benefits Come Up Short

A full life cycle analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rates for shale gas versus coal by Cornell University shows that the GHG impact of shale gas is higher when comparing both fuel sources over a 20-year time-frame.

 

Spain’s Heavy Bet in Renewables Places Heavy Burden on People and Economy

Spain’s rush to be a world leader in renewable energy has saddled rate payers with soaring electricity prices, placing an additional strain on an economy that is struggling with high unemployment.

 

Glaring Gap: Lack of Life-Saving Medicine can be Cured with Energy

Shop in just about any rural village anywhere in the developing world and chances are you’ll find Coca-Cola, chips or even cell phone cards for sale. And yet this miracle of globalization has a glaring gap: in that same village, life-saving medicines are likely not available at any price.

The reason? Essential drugs to treat such curable diseases as tuberculosis, yellow fever and malaria require refrigeration. The difference of just a few degrees can render an expensive drug unusable. In much of the world, reliable, affordable electricity is not available for the most basic need of keeping medicines consistently cool.

 

Ontario Energy Policy Sends Electricity Bills Soaring

The Canadian Province of Ontario avoids coal-fueled generation for its energy portfolio, driving a 67 percent increase in residential electric bills and an increase in government subsidies for other energy this past decade. Under this energy policy, Ontario also has lost 300,000 jobs in the energy-intensive manufacturing sector since 2005.

 

Clean and High-Efficiency Coal-Fired Power Generation in the Shenhua Group

In 2011, energy consumption in China reached 3.48 billion tonnes of coal equivalent, out of which 70% was supplied by coal. A slight majority of coal (53%) used in China in 2011 was used for electricity production. The demand for coal for electricity production is expected to further increase; by 2020 it is predicted that coal for power generation will account for about 63% of total coal consumption.

 

The Development Strategy for Coal-Fired Power Generation in China

China is the largest coal producer and consumer in the world. In 2012, China produced 3.65 billion tonnes of coal. By the end of 2010, China’s proven coal reserves were 114.5 billion tonnes, approximately 13.3% of the total proven global reserves. Coal accounts for over 96% of China’s fossil energy reserves, and coal output accounts for more than 85% of all fossil energy output. Since 1990, the proportion of coal production and consumption in China’s total energy mix has always been greater than 70%, considerably higher than the approximately 20% in the U.S. and about 30% globally. It is predicted that, in 2030, China’s coal consumption will still account for more than 55% of its primary energy.

 

Clean Coal Conversion: Road to Clean and Efficient Utilization of Coal Resources in China

In 2012, global coal consumption increased by 2.5%, far less than the average growth rate of 4.4% over the past decade, although it remained the fossil energy source undergoing the most rapid growth in consumption. In addition, in 2012 coal accounted for 29.9% of global primary energy consumption, the highest percentage since 1970.1 For the foreseeable future, the role of coal as an important global energy source, especially in non-OECD countries, will remain unchanged.

 

A Roadmap for the Advancement of Low-Emissions Rate Coal Technologies

In the U.S., our vast, domestically secure supply of coal has fueled the American economic machine for many decades and our fleet of existing coal-fired power plants provides very inexpensive electricity. This means that U.S. industry has a competitive edge over manufacturers in other countries that do not have reliable, abundant, low-cost electricity generated from coal resources, and consumers are able to keep more of their income to spend on other expenses. Further, our coal-based power generation is fully dispatchable—when you need it, it is there. In addition, affordable and reliable electricity generated by coal enables the expansion of electro-technologies, which are the basis of modern society.

 

Keeping Coal Alive on the Canadian Prairies: Carbon Capture and Storage at Work in Saskatchewan

When you think of natural resources on the Canadian Prairies, the first thing that likely comes to mind is wheat. While it is true the Province of Saskatchewan has a strong agricultural economy, according to the Premier, it is also rich in energy resources such as uranium, oil and a 300-year supply of coal.

 

Carbon Capture and Storage Advancement Is Urgent: An Exclusive Interview with Brad Page, Head of the GCCSI

With the release of its latest global status report, “The Global Status of CCS: 2013,” in October, the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI) sees progress in CCS projects but says more work needs to be done to overcome policy barriers as well as demonstrate operational feasibility and present business cases for expanding the use of CCS. In this article, GCCSI chief Brad Page details how his organization balances the reality of coal’s primacy as a fuel with the desire to curtail greenhouse gas emissions rates.