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U.S. State Department Supports International Methane Reduction Through Funding Opportunities
As a part of the President's Climate Action Plan, Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged $15 million to the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation program to help curb methane emissions. The program will be administered by the World Bank, and will act as a "climate finance instrument to stimulate funding for projects that reduce methane pollution." Establishing the Facility is aimed at providing market stabilization for project developers, by paying a competitive and guaranteed price for each tonne of methane avoided by a project.
More Information: U.S. State Department Article
Methane Hotspot Identified Over U.S. Four Corners Area
An area around 2,500 square miles Located in the Four Corners area of the Southwest has been found to contain the highest levels of methane in the conterminous US that can be viewed from space. A study of satellite imagery captured from 2003 to 2009, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and NASA, concluded that the area released about 590 thousand tonnes of methane into the atmosphere annually. These methane emissions from the extraction of fossil fuels were previously unaccounted for in prior emissions prediction totals. Ground observations were also conducted to validate observations of satellite imagery.
As the study predated widespread use of hydraulic fracturing, it is believed that the concentration of methane in the area is due to emissions that occur during production and processing of fossil fuels. The results of the study highlight that there may be valuable opportunities for lowering emissions by employing best practices for extraction and processing.
Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Information
State legislator includes biologically derived methane gas to Ohio's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). This addition states that "Renewable energy resources do not have to be converted to electricity in order to be eligible to receive renewable energy credits. The rules shall specify that, for purposes of converting the quantity of energy derived from biologically derived methane gas to an electricity equivalent, one megawatt hour equals 3,412,142 British thermal units."
The bill went into effect September 13, 2014 and is set to include coal mine methane, landfill gas, agriculture methane, etc.
Details of Bill: Ohio RPS Bill
2013 to 2014 Comparison of Average Monthly Prices of Gas, Electricity and Carbon Offsets (ARB):
*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.
7th International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases
5 - 7 November 2014
Pre Conference Workshop – California Air Resources Board (ARB) Mine Methane Capture (MMC) Protocol
18 November 2014
2014 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference
18 - 20 November 2014
14th International Symposium on CBM/CMM and Shale Gas in China
16 - 17 December 2014
Recently Released Publications
The Global Methane Initiative
F. Ruiz, C. Boger, and R. Pilcher, October, 2014.
GMI article, World Coal (PDF, 4 pp, 1.5 MB)
Coal-Packed Methane Biofilter for Mitigation of Green House Gas Emissions from Coal Mine Ventilation Air
H. Limbri, C. Gunawan, T. Thomas, A. Smith, J. Scott, B. Rosche, April, 2014.
Analysis of Coal Mine Methane Development Technology in China
Xin Sun et al, December, 2013.
CMM Flaring: Technology and Case Studies
CMOP Flaring Flyer, PDF Oct 2014 (2 pp, 395 KB)
Coal Mine Methane Mitigation and Utilization Technologies and Project Profiles
(also referred to as the Coal Mine Methane Technology Database)
CMOP CMM Tech Database, PDF Oct 2014 (35 pp, 423 KB)
Legal and Regulatory Status of CMM Ownership in Key Countries: Considerations for Decision Makers
Mongolian: EPA CMOP-Mongolian, PDF July 2014 (57 pp, 989 KB)
Russian: EPA CMOP-Russian, PDF July 2014 (60 pp, 1.0 MB)
Spanish: EPA CMOP-Spanish, PDF July 2014 (56 pp, 753 KB)