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CMM Monthly News

May 2015

Reminder The deadline for submission of abstracts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP) Coal Mine Methane (CMM) Conference Track at the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference is on 15 May 2015!

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Largest coal mine methane facility in China

Utilizing coal mine methane with concentrations less than 10 percent from the Gaohe coal mine in China's Shanxi Province, the Lu'an Group claimed it has built the world's largest CMM driven power generation facility.
Source: http://www.worldcoal.com/cbm/05012015/Largest-coal-mine-methane-facility-in-China-CBM178/ Exit EPA

Making CBM renewable

CSIRO scientists are investigating the possibility of injecting a mix of bacteria and carbon dioxide into coal seams to commercially produce biogenic CBM. Researchers believe, “The results could be an important new source of renewable energy.”
Source: http://www.worldcoal.com/cbm/19022015/Making-CBM-renewable-coal1924 Exit EPA

Upcoming Events

North American Coalbed Methane Forum
20—21 May 2015
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.nacbmforum.com/conference.html Exit EPA

GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting and Coal Mine Methane Workshop
3—4 June 2015
Bogota, Colombia
Website: http://epa.gov/globalmethane/meeting06032015.htm

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015
15—19 June 2015
Manila, Philippines
Website: http://www.asiacleanenergyforum.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

2015 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference in conjunction with 32nd International Pittsburgh Coal Conference
5—8 October 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Recently Released Publications

Pre-feasibility Study for Coal Mine Methane Capture and Utilization at the Mahui and Pingshang Mines (PDF) (53 pp, 3MB)
U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, April 2015.

Pre-feasibility Study for Coal Mine Methane Drainage and Utilization at the Kozlu Coal Mine in Zonguldak, Turkey (PDF) (34 pp, 2.7MB)
U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, March 2015.

Sustainable Development Outcomes of Coal Mine Methane Clean Development Mechanism Projects in China Exit EPA
Noim Uddin, Mascha Blommerde, Ros Taplin, David Laurence
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 45, pp. 1-9, May 2015.

Carbon Corner

BLM crafting guidance on social cost of carbon—internal memo

An internal memo drafted by Ed Roberson, the BLM's Assistant Director of Resources and Planning, indicates that the rapid warming of the planet is human related and the BLM should take this into consideration as it weighs the trade-offs of extracting more carbon-intensive minerals from the earth. The memo also acknowledges the need for a consistent approach to gauging mining's effects on the climate.

Source: http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060016810 Exit EPA

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

Chart showing January 2013  April 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 United States.

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