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2012 Domestic News
October 25, 2012 – Innovative Oxbow Elk Creek Mine CMM-to-Power Project
Vessels Coal Gas is building what will eventually be a 3-megawatt (MW) power plant to capture waste mine gas from the Elk Creek mine in western Colorado. Holy Cross Electric Association is purchasing the entire output of the project, starting with the first 1-MW generator coming online next month. Five companies (Vessels Coal Gas, Oxbow Mining, Gunnison Energy Corp., Aspen Skiing Co. and Holy Cross) came together to develop the inventive project structure. This project is the first in the United States to capture and generate base load electricity utilizing coalmine methane gas from an active coal mine. The initial project will capture gas with a methane concentration of around 30% and use approximately 75,000 tons of carbon equivalent emissions per year.
For more information, go to http://esnews.wapa.gov/wordpress/?tag=coal-mine-methane.
October 10, 2012 – USTDA Unconventional Gas Reverse Trade Mission and Industry Roundtable
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), with the support of Experient and Emerging Markets International, is organizing an Indonesia Unconventional Gas Development Reverse Trade Mission (RTM), from 17-27 October 2012. This RTM will provide an opportunity for the delegates to become familiar with unconventional gas resource development in the U.S. and meet with top U.S. unconventional gas industry and government leaders and to learn about U.S. technologies and best practices.
The RTM will include an Industry Roundtable for U.S. companies on 22 October, in Houston, Texas. The Industry Roundtable will include a briefing for U.S. companies on opportunities in Indonesia's unconventional gas sector and will bring together high level Indonesian government and commercial sector representatives, and U.S. industry leaders to discuss critical issues for successful development of CBM and shale gas in Indonesia, including:
- Technologies and Best Practices for Coalbed Methane (CBM) and Shale Gas Development
- Gas Infrastructure Challenges and Solutions, and
- Key Factors for Successful Resource Development
For more information, please contact Ms. Tresa Robinson, PMP Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 19, 2012 – Reminder: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reporting Webinar for Underground Coal Mines
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule Training for Subpart FF Underground Coal Mines:
2:00-3:00pm EDT August 14, 2012. Register »
May 10, 2012 – U.S. GHG Reporting Program Training and Testing Opportunities
e-GGRT Overview Training: An instructional webinar for Reporting Year 2011 facilities on how to use e-GGRT, EPA's electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool. This overview webinar will be especially helpful to first-time reporters who are unfamiliar with e-GGRT. The webinar will review the basics of the reporting tool and will discuss the opportunity for reporters to participate in the e-GGRT sandbox, a preview opportunity that will enable reporters to become familiar with the look, feel, and function of the e-GGRT reporting forms. The webinar will be held on May 29, 2012 from 2:30-3:30pm EDT. Register »
e-GGRT Training for 2011 Subpart FF Underground Coal Mine Reporters: A webinar designed to assist Underground Coal Mine reporters in navigating e-GGRT. This session is intended to supplement the e-GGRT Overview Training webinar. The e-GGRT Training Subpart FF webinar will be held on June 7, 2012 from 2:30-3:30pm EDT. Register »
e-GGRT Sandbox Period: The e-GGRT sandbox will offer reporters a preview of the reporting tool and will enable reporters to become familiar with the look, feel, and function of e-GGRT's RY2011 electronic reporting forms. The sandbox will be open from June 4-15, 2012. Registration for the sandbox will begin on May 23, 2012. Please visit http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/training.html for more information.
April 5, 2012 – GHG Reporting Program (e-GGRT) Registration Webinar
Under Subpart FF of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, owners or operators of facilities that liberate 36,500,000 actual cubic feet (acf) of methane (CH4) or more per year (equivalent to 100,000 acf of CH4 or more per day) must report emissions from underground coal mines and all other source categories located at the mine for which methods are defined in the rule. Mines which were subject to Subpart FF in 2011 (the first year of monitoring) are required to report by September 28, 2012 and register in e-GGRT by July 30, 2012. More information »
A webinar will be held next month for emitters who have not previously registered with the electronic reporting tool e-GGRT. This overview webinar will cover registration procedures for Reporting Year 2011 facilities and will be held on May 10, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EST).
Notice: Any communication on the GHG Reporting Program is intended to provide general and administrative information about Part 98. This communication does not provide legal advice, and responses to questions do not have legally binding effect or expressly or implicitly create, expand, or limit any legal rights, obligations, responsibilities, expectations, or benefits in regard to any person. Facility owners or operators and suppliers are responsible for determining how they would be affected by the requirements of the rule.
March 15, 2012 – New Publications and CAR Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol
Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol V2.0 Now Available for Public Comment
The Climate Action Reserve has released a draft revision of the Coal Mine Methane Project Protocol for public review and comment. The protocol is undergoing a policy revision to consider expanding the scope of the regulatory compliance requirement and to incorporate feedback received since its adoption in 2009. Proposed changes have been tracked in the protocol draft available on the Coal Mine Methane Revision web page .
Public Comments: Please submit written comments by using the form on the CAR Coal Mine Methane Revision web page . Comments are due before 5:00 pm PDT Friday, March 30. If you have any questions or comments regarding the protocol or this process, contact Rachel Tornek.
January 26, 2012 – Coal Mine Methane Opportunities: Turkey and United States
- A U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) solicitation was announced for Turkey – Coal Bed Methane Recovery and Utilization Feasibility Study. Proposals from U.S. firms are due January 31, 2012. More information »
- The North Gibson School District in Indiana is investigating the use of abandoned mine methane from the closed Princeton mine for electricity generation, building heat or bus fuel. More information »
January 12, 2011 – 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities Now Available
For the first time, comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country are now easily accessible to the public through EPA's GHG Reporting Program. The 2010 GHG data released today includes public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels.
EPA's online data publication tool allows users to view and sort GHG data for calendar year 2010 from over 6,700 facilities in a variety of ways—including by facility, location, industrial sector, and the type of GHG emitted. This information can be used by communities to identify nearby sources of GHGs, help businesses compare and track emissions, and provide information to state and local governments.
Mandated by the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, EPA launched the GHG Reporting Program in October 2009, requiring the reporting of GHG data from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors, as well as suppliers of products that would emit GHGs if released or combusted. Most reporting entities submitted data for calendar year 2010. An additional 12 source categories, including underground coal mines, will begin reporting their 2011 GHG data this year.
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