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CMM Monthly News

March 2015

Coal in the Mix: Challenges and Opportunities for the Future Use of Coal

Polarized attitudes regarding future coal use continue to stir debate, as coal is the second-largest primary energy source in the world, with consumption anticipated to continue along an increasing trend.

Source: http://csis.org/publication/coal-mix-challenges-and-opportunities-future-use-coal Exit EPA

Kerry Launches Air Pollution Program with EPA as part of Global Climate Strategy

In a new effort to build an international coalition to fight climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry and US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy launch an air quality monitoring program, to be established at embassies in India, Vietnam and Mongolia. The program will build upon EPA's AirNow system.

Source: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/233125-state-department-epa-launch-effort-to-monitor-pollution-globally Exit EPA


Upcoming Events

Coal Mongolia 2015
9 - 10 April 2015
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Website: http://www.coalmongolia.mn/index.php/en/ Exit EPA

Navigating the American Carbon World, presented by Climate Action Reserve
28 30 April 2015
Los Angeles, California
Website: http://www.nacw2015.org Exit EPA

2015 Longwall USA Exhibition & Conference
16 18 June 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.longwallusa.com/index.php?c=2153&w=1 Exit EPA

32nd International Pittsburgh Coal Conference and the 2015 U.S. CMM Conference
Now accepting abstracts for a special CMM track

5 - 8 October 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.pccpitt.org Exit EPA
Call for abstracts (1 May 2015 Deadline)

Visit Workshops/Conferences for more »

Recently Released Publications

Pre-feasibility Study for Coal Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization at Mopanshan Mine, Guizhou Province, China
U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, December 2014.

Coal Bed Methane Exit EPA
Elsevier Science and Technology, January 2015.

Application of Longhole Directional Drilling for Methane Drainage at the Amasra Hard Coal Mine, Amasra, Turkey
U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, February 2015.

Carbon Corner

Illinois Pushes for Landmark Clean Energy Bill, Including a Price on Carbon

Seen as a simple and effective method of compliance to the proposed national carbon regulations, the clean energy bill largely supports the goals of the newly-formed Clean Energy Coalition, and would establish a market-based solution for dealing with carbon emissions.

Source: http://www.utilitydive.com/news/illinois-pushes-for-landmark-clean-energy-bill-including-a-price-on-carbon/366913/ Exit EPA

Year-on-Year January 2013 February 2015 Comparison of Average Monthly Prices of Gas, Electricity and Carbon Offsets (ARB):

Chart showing January 2013  February 2015 comparison of average monthly prices of gas, electricity  and carbon offsets (ARB)

Sources: Henry Hub Prices*, ARB Offset Prices** Exit EPA, Electricity Prices***

*Henry Hub gas prices are a widely accepted national indicator of gas prices, and therefore chosen for this display. **ARB Offset Prices shown represent all compliance offset protocols. The Mine Methane Capture protocol was not adopted until April 2014. ***Retail electricity prices displayed are for all sectors covering the entire U.S.

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