Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential in Sedimentary Basins|
December 2, 2013 | USGS
“The U.S. Geological Survey recently completed an evaluation of the technically accessible storage resource for carbon dioxide for 36 sedimentary basins in the onshore areas and State waters of the United States.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
United Nations to the Coal Industry|
November 21, 2013 | United Nations News Center
Christina Figueres, Executive Director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said… “It is abundantly clear that further capital expenditures on coal can only go ahead if they are compatible with the 2 degree Celsius limit.” Quoted from the United Nations News Center.
The Largest Energy Importers|
November 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Japan ranked as the second largest net importer of fossil fuels in the world in 2012, trailing only China. This follows the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, after which Japan suspended operations at all of its nuclear power plants.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
USA Fuel Mix is Changing|
November 17, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“The mix of fuels used to generate the electricity in homes, factories, and businesses across the United States has changed in the past few years as coal, still the largest single fuel used for electricity, has lost some of its share of the generation market to natural gas and non-hydroelectric renewables.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
Energy Trader as a New Career?|
November 14, 2013 | Reuters
Five years ago the United States was importing 2 million barrels of oil per day. Now it is exporting over a million. Crude oil is shipped by train. Natural gas is displacing coal from power generation. LNG is being exported. Renewable energy generation is growing. All of these changes require people for logistics and transactions.
Will Natural Gas Kill Nuclear Power?|
November 12, 2013 | Pittsburgy Post-Gazette
An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores the possibility that low cost natural gas could displace nuclear power plants.
Coal Plants Co-Firing with Wood?|
November 5, 2013 | New York Times
A number of coal-fired power plants are experimenting with adding wood to their fuel stream. It is viewed by some as a way to boost the use of renewable fuels, improve emissions and lower the carbon footprint of the coal plants. The problem: The supply of wood is not reliable!
Electricity Generation Fuel Mix|
October 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
A chart by the Energy Information Administration clearly shows trends in the fuel mix used for electricity generation in the United States.
Japan as an Energy Importer|
October 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Japan is the world’s largest liquefied natural gas importer, second largest coal importer, and third largest net oil importer.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.
Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Report|
October 28, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
Kazakhstan, an oil producer since 1911, has the second largest oil reserves as well as the second largest oil production among the former Soviet republics after Russia. Given this abundance of oil, about 64% of the country’s energy consumption is attributed to coal.
October 28, 2013 | Geology.com
In most countries all mineral resources belong to the government. This includes all valuable rocks, minerals, oil or gas found on or within the Earth. In the United States ownership of mineral resources was originally granted to the individuals or organizations that owned the surface. These property owners had both “surface rights” and “mineral rights”. Since then the owners have enjoyed the freedom to sell, lease, gift or bequest these rights individually or entirely to others. Now a single plot of land on the surface can have several different subsurface owners!
Powder River Basin Coal Assessment|
October 25, 2013 | United States Geological Survey
“Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated in-place resources of 1.07 trillion short tons of coal in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana. Of that total, with a maximum stripping ratio of 10:1, recoverable coal was 162 billion tons. The estimate of economically recoverable resources was 25 billion tons.” Quoted from the USGS fact sheet.
Coal Through a Microscope|
October 24, 2013 | Geology.com
If you think that coal is a boring black rock then you have never seen it through a transmitted light microscope. The microscope reveals coal’s hidden beauty as well as its composition.
Beijing Switching to Natural Gas?|
October 8, 2013 | UPI
Four coal-fired power plants in Beijing will be replaced with natural gas units by the end of 2014. The $7.8 billion project will cut 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions. At the present time, natural gas has a much higher price in China than it does in the United States.
The Impact of Shale Gas on the Coal Industry|
October 6, 2013 | CBS News
The natural gas from shale boom and regulations that restrict greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have severely damaged the coal industry and its employees.
Natural Gas Use in Power Generation is Down?|
September 25, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
Most people are assuming that the use of natural gas for electric power generation was higher during early 2013 than during 2012. In fact, total natural gas use for power generation in the United States was down 14% – The reason: the price of natural gas relative to the price of coal.
New Technology for Coal Fired Power Plants|
September 23, 2013 | USA Today
The Environmental Protection Agency has a proposal that will require new coal-fired power plants to install a new anti-pollution technology. So far, not a single power plant in the world has successfully used this technology.
Closing Coal Plants in the UK|
September 8, 2013 | National Geographic
Utilities in the UK plan to close between six and thirteen coal fired power plants within the next few years which could result in supply and price problems for customers.
Arizona Sequestration Reports|
July 11, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey
“New Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at coal fired power plants are now driving studies of sedimentary basins in Arizona for their carbon sequestration potential. Two new reports from the Arizona Geological Survey describe the suitability of the Luke and Higley Basins of Maricopa County in south-central Arizona for sequestering carbon dioxide.” Quoted from the publication press release.
The Most Energy-Intensive Industry|
July 10, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“The cement industry [...] is the most energy-intensive of all manufacturing industries, with a share of national energy use roughly 10 times its share of the nation’s gross output of goods and services. On average, other energy intensive industries’ share of energy use is roughly twice their share of gross output. Cement is also unique in its heavy reliance on coal and petroleum coke.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.