Go Tell the Mermaid: Clean Coal Advances

By January 14, 2009Energy, Global Warming

This is a mermaid, right? Not just a cheesecake photo from environmentalist groups. You can't really tell from the poster. From BNET Industries, “New DoE Head, Illinois Line Up in Favor of Clean Coal“:

The stars are aligning up once again for clean coal as Barack Obama approaches his presidential coronation. At both the Federal and state level, policymakers are talking about the technology. And sensing an inexorable change on its way, utilities and energy companies are duly lining up to help, albeit for a price.

Within the states, several larger actors are working to pass laws encouraging or even mandating new clean coal plants. At the forefront is Illinois, which just passed a bill allowing $18 million for a full-size clean coal plant some 25 miles southeast of Springfield. The two companies that will construct and operate the plant are Tenaska and MDL Holding, both privately held, while ComEd, a division of Exelon, would be required to buy electricity from the plant, provided rates didn’t rise too high.

More from The Chicago Tribune, “‘Clean coal’: Law could open door to new generation of coal-burning power plants.”

From the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, “Big Stone II pushes clean-energy alternative“:

Can an offer of clean-energy technology seal the deal for Big Stone II?

A group of rural utilities hoping to gain approval for high-voltage power lines from the proposed coal-fired power plant in South Dakota on Tuesday offered to equip the plant with such technology at a hearing before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

The offer was the latest effort by utilities led by Otter Tail Power of Fergus Falls, Minn., to support the proposed Big Stone II power plant in Milbank, S.D. The matter has been before the PUC for more than three years.

And from September, Der Spiegel, “New German Facility Begins Testing CO2 Sequestration“:

A remote spot in Brandenburg has become a popular destination for politicians in the past few months: the Schwarze Pumpe coal power station near Spremberg. Former SPD leader Kurt Beck visited, as did Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee. Brandenburg’s Governor Matthias Platzeck has been there several times.

The attraction? Over the last two years, Swedish power supplier Vattenfall has built a pilot program to demonstrate how CO2 emissions from coal plants can be captured and pumped underground. The technology, known as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), could play a major role in the future of coal-fired energy sources. CCS may give the coal business, regarded as a harmful player in global warming, a much-needed green touch.

Oh yes, as to the photo inset, that’s another one of the ads in the D.C. Metro by the big-money coalition of green activists attacking clean coal. See below. We think it’s a mermaid, but it’s not too terribly clear. Maybe it’s just a cheesecake photo to draw the eye of male commuters.


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