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Generating Electricity at Yorkshire's Abandoned Mines
Alkane Energy, an independent U.K. power generator, has added a further three closed coal mines to its portfolio of sites that can generate electricity from abandoned mine methane. The three mines are situated in the Yorkshire coalfields, which are some of the gassiest in the country. The Maltby mine near Rotherham has the potential to generate 10MW, the Prince of Wales colliery in Wakefield, 2MW, and the Markham Main mine at Doncaster, could generate up to 4MW, depending on the results of current drilling to test methane levels.
Source: Yorkshire Post
Draft Emissions Reduction Fund Methods Released for Public Consultation
The first draft emissions reduction methods for projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund were released for public consultation on 5, September 2014. The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centerpiece of the Australian Government's efforts to tackle climate change. Emissions reduction methods set out the rules for estimating emissions reductions from proposed activities. The three draft methods cover projects for landfill gas recovery, alternative waste treatment and cleaning up emissions from coal mining. These areas were identified as key priorities for method development in consultation with industry.
The price-parity approval would be effective for three CBM operators, Great Eastern Energy, Essar Oil and ONGC Limited. For Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), approval has been withheld while the government seeks additional information from the company.
The coal mining draft method determination: http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/emissions-reduction-fund/methods
2014 Pittsburgh Coal Conference
6 - 9 October 2014
Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Meeting
22 October 2014
9th Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM
23 October 2014
7th International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases
5-7 November 2014
2014 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference
18-20 November 2014
Pittsburg, PA, USA
Recently Released Publications
Legal and Regulatory Status of CMM Ownership in Key Countries: Considerations for Decision Makers
EPA CMOP, July 2014 (PDF, 49 pp, 697KB)
Scale Effect of Ceramic Foam Burner on the Combustion Characteristics of Low-Concentration Coal Mine Methane
H.Dai and B.Lin, September 8, 2014.
Energy Fuels article, American Chemical Society