coal http://wkyufm.org en New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' http://wkyufm.org/post/new-carbon-capture-system-kentucky-plant-could-be-game-changer <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/Mill_Creek2.JPG" alt="" /><p>Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.<p>A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:07:59 +0000 Erica Peterson 51378 at http://wkyufm.org New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' TVA Sued by Kentucky Coal Group, Landowners Over Plans for Natural Gas Unit at Paradise Plant http://wkyufm.org/post/tva-sued-kentucky-coal-group-landowners-over-plans-natural-gas-unit-paradise-plant <p></p><p>A lawsuit has been filed against the Tennessee Valley Authority over its plans to shut down two coal-fired units at its plant in Muhlenberg County.</p><p>The suit brought by a group of landowners and the Kentucky Coal Association argues the TVA didn’t perform a proper environmental impact statement before it decided to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant, and replace them with a natural gas unit scheduled to begin operations in 2017.</p><p>Meanwhile, ground continues to be cleared for the project. Speaking to reporters in June at the Paradise plant in Drakesboro, TVA transition manager Billy Sabin said the excavation stage should be completed within three months.</p><p>“That’s expected to complete sometime around the September timeframe. When that is complete, we’ll be working on getting our permits in place, and starting actual construction the end of this year to the first of next year.”</p><p>A TVA spokesman says officials are reviewing the lawsuit and will respond appropriately. The federally-owned corporation says reducing the number of coal-burning units at its Muhlenberg County plant from three to one will cut its coal reliance at the facility by half. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:37:02 +0000 WKU Public Radio News & Associated Press 50868 at http://wkyufm.org TVA Sued by Kentucky Coal Group, Landowners Over Plans for Natural Gas Unit at Paradise Plant Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Flexibility From EPA on New Carbon Standards http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-says-kentucky-needs-flexibility-epa-new-carbon-standards <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants provide the state with some “flexibility” in meeting government targets.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the nation must reduce carbon emissions created by burning coal by 30 percent.</p><p>“I am glad that the EPA recognized that states need flexibility. We tried to make that point with them over and over again as they developed this rule,” said Beshear. “What I’m concerned about is they, I’m not sure they’ve given us as much flexibility as we need.”</p><p>An analysis by Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance research arm found that Kentucky could actually be able to increase its carbon emissions up to 4 percent under the EPA rules.<br /><br />“We all want a clean environment, and I think we all share that goal. It’s a difference in balance and how we phase in those standards and how we can reach them, and at the same time keep coal jobs in the coal fields and keep manufacturing jobs in Kentucky,” said Beshear.</p><p><br /> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:45:03 +0000 Jonathan Meador 49670 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Flexibility From EPA on New Carbon Standards Report: Grimes Did Not Talk Coal in DC Speech http://wkyufm.org/post/report-grimes-did-not-talk-coal-dc-speech <p>Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes did not mention coal in a speech at a Washington fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to a recording obtained by <a href="http://use the event to share the stories of how Kentuckians are hurting and demand that the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/kentucky-alison-lundergan-grimes-coal-fundraiser-107621.html#ixzz34G8Oit3Z" target="_blank">Politico</a>.<br />&nbsp;<br />Grimes' campaign said last week she planned to use the event to demand the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign criticized Grimes for not mentioning coal and questioned her commitment to the state's coal industry.</p><p>Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton said Grimes did not break her promise because she spoke to Reid privately about the issue. Reid said in a statement that Grimes has spoken with him many times about her opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's new emission standards for coal-fired power plants. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:32:58 +0000 Associated Press 49327 at http://wkyufm.org Report: Grimes Did Not Talk Coal in DC Speech How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://wkyufm.org/post/how-coal-industry-jobs-coexist-rising-sea-levels-virginia Skip Stiles stands on the edge of a small inlet known as the Hague, near downtown Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art is nearby, as are dozens of stately homes, all threatened by the water.<p>"We've got...[a] lot of old buildings around here: this apartment building, that church over there, been around since the turn of the last century," says Stiles, the executive director of Wetlands Watch, a Virginia-based environmental group. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49301 at http://wkyufm.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia Kentucky Climate Policy Czar Still Going Through Over One Thousand Pages of New EPA Rules http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-climate-policy-czar-still-going-through-over-one-thousand-pages-new-epa-rules <p>The man who will help lead Kentucky’s effort to meet new air pollution standards says his office will stay above the political battle surrounding the issue.</p><p>Kentucky’s assistant secretary for climate policy, John Lyons, faces the unenviable task of combing through 1,400 pages of material that spell out the new federal carbon emissions rules announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency. The regulations have been denounced this week by both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates as well as business leaders who predict doom for the state’s coal industry and overall economy.</p><p>Lyons, whose office is part of Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, told WKU Public Radio that new federal air quality rules have been impacting the state’s energy policies for several years.</p><p>“This is the only latest in a string of environmental regulations that we have to evaluate. Of course, the politics play into that, and those things are what they are. But this Cabinet has to assess those rule-makings, and how best to adopt them—or challenge them in some cases, which is not unprecedented. We’ve challenged rules before, and likely will again at some point.”</p><p>While the new EPA standards call for a 30 percent reduction in the nation’s carbon emissions by 2030, Kentucky’s specific goal is a cut of 18.3 percent. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:35:02 +0000 Kevin Willis 49175 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Climate Policy Czar Still Going Through Over One Thousand Pages of New EPA Rules Kentucky's Democratic, GOP Legislative Leaders Unite Against New EPA Regulations http://wkyufm.org/post/kentuckys-democratic-gop-legislative-leaders-unite-against-new-epa-regulations <p></p><p>Kentucky’s two top-ranking lawmakers have &nbsp;some choice words about new coal emissions regulations announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>Republican Senate President Robert Stivers and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo are slamming the proposed rules, which will cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.&nbsp; .</p><p>“You can’t formulate energy policy for a growing country like ours, if you’re not going to consider, as part of that solution, your most abundant resource," Stumbo said. "It doesn’t make any sense at all, it’s a dumbass thing to do, and you can quote me on that.”</p><p>Stumbo added that he didn’t think that the rules will affect the outcome of the November House elections, where Democrats hope to retain a narrow majority over Republicans.</p><p>The regulations are subject to public input and will be officially enacted a year from now. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:20:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 49106 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky's Democratic, GOP Legislative Leaders Unite Against New EPA Regulations As Land is Cleared for New Gas-Burning Plant, TVA Leaders Say Paradise Will Easily Meet EPA Rules http://wkyufm.org/post/land-cleared-new-gas-burning-plant-tva-leaders-say-paradise-will-easily-meet-epa-rules <p></p><p>Construction crews have cleared about 60 percent of the land needed to begin building a new natural gas facility at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The new plant is scheduled to open by spring of 2017, and will take the place of two coal burning units currently in operation at the TVA facility.</p><p>Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the future site of the new gas-burning unit, Transition Manager Billy Sabin said this week’s announcement of new E.P.A. regulations on power plant emissions won’t impact the Paradise Fossil Plant, because the TVA had already decided to reduce carbon emissions at a much faster rate than what the federal government is now seeking.</p><p>“We will have a reduction of about 50 percent of coal. Because Unit 3 will continue to run, it’s going to burn about 2.7 to 3 million tons of coal a year,” Sabin said. “So it’ll be about a 50 percent reduction from what we do now.”</p><p>Sabin says the excavation stage of the new cleaner-burning gas plant project will be completed by early 2015, with construction of the facility following. He says the new facility, known as a combined-cycle gas plant, has several advantages over the older coal-burning model. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:50:29 +0000 Kevin Willis 49024 at http://wkyufm.org As Land is Cleared for New Gas-Burning Plant, TVA Leaders Say Paradise Will Easily Meet EPA Rules McConnell and Grimes Blast New EPA Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions http://wkyufm.org/post/mcconnell-and-grimes-blast-new-epa-regulations-greenhouse-gas-emissions <p></p><p>Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates are denouncing new federal guidelines related to greenhouse gas emissions.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/epa-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases" target="_blank">announced Monday</a> that power plants will have to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.</p><p>While Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have exchanged harsh words about who is best to represent the commonwealth in Washington, they both believe the EPA’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants represent a federal overreach that will harm Kentucky’s economy.</p><p>Calling it a “national energy tax” imposed by the Obama Administration, Sen. McConnell said he will introduce legislation to block the new rules.</p><p><a href="http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&amp;ContentRecord_id=321eda5a-8bcb-49c3-a55e-1f8e96d6f350&amp;ContentType_id=c19bc7a5-2bb9-4a73-b2ab-3c1b5191a72b&amp;Group_id=b9ad8a82-099c-461d-99e1-b8565e492a8c" target="_blank">In a statement released to the media</a> Monday by McConnell’s office, the Louisville Republican said the EPA regulations would lead to “higher costs, fewer jobs, and a less reliable energy grid.” Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:04:58 +0000 Kevin Willis 48956 at http://wkyufm.org McConnell and Grimes Blast New EPA Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Ranking Puts Kentucky No. 1 in Rate of Carbon Dioxide Pollution http://wkyufm.org/post/ranking-puts-kentucky-no-1-rate-carbon-dioxide-pollution <p></p><p>A new report on U.S. power plant emissions says Kentucky has the highest rate of carbon dioxide emissions in the nation.</p><p><a href="http://www.ceres.org/resources/reports/benchmarking-air-emissions-of-the-100-largest-electric-power-producers-in-the-united-states-2014/view" target="_blank">The report</a> was produced by environmental advocacy groups, energy companies, and Bank of America.</p><p>Kentucky topped the ranking of states emitting the most carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of power produced, followed by Wyoming, West Virginia, and Indiana. Tennessee ranked 26<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Dan Bakal is Director of Electric Power at CERES, one of the environmental groups that prepared the report. He says states like Kentucky can follow the example of Ohio, which has decreased its carbon emissions in recent years.</p><p>“They have really made a move to diversity their energy mix by shifting away from coal, increasing natural gas, increasing renewable energy, and also investing in energy efficiency in a very cost-effective way,” Bakal said.</p><p>Supporters of the coal industry—including Kentucky U.S Senator <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/mcconnell-continues-aim-fire-epa-environmental-groups-taking-aim-mcconnell" target="_blank">Mitch McConnell</a>—say increased federal regulation is<a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/more-declines-eastern-kentucky-coal-production-employment" target="_blank"> costing jobs</a> and hurting local economies in places like eastern Kentucky. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:33:53 +0000 Kevin Willis 48739 at http://wkyufm.org Ranking Puts Kentucky No. 1 in Rate of Carbon Dioxide Pollution