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CMM Monthly News

July 2015

GMI Coal Mine Methane (CMM) and Coalbed Methane (CBM) Workshop in Bogotá, Colombia

The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) held a successful CMM/CBM Technical Workshop in Bogotá on 4 June 2015. The seminar was sponsored by the Colombia Ministry of Mines and Energy, the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) of Colombia, the National Mining Agency of Colombia, and GMI. The workshop attracted experts from the United States, China, India, and Poland, along with numerous mining companies. The minister of Mines and Energy, Tomás González, opened the workshop which focused on CMM and CBM resources in Colombia, best practices for CMM recovery and use, the regulatory framework in Colombia for development of these resources, and case studies of successful projects in other countries.
Website: http://www.epa.gov/globalmethane/events-past.htm

GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting

The GMI Coal Subcommittee meeting was held on 3 June 2015 in conjunction with the CMM/CBM Workshop in Bogotá, Colombia. Meeting participants received updates from GMI Partner Countries and Project Network members, and also discussed the draft revised subcommittee Action Plan. Participants also engaged in a lively discussion on the structure of the subcommittee and strategies for remaining relevant, effective, and productive in the future.
Website: http://www.epa.gov/globalmethane/events-past.htm

USTDA Advances Coal Mine Methane Recovery in Colombia

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Generadora y Comercializadora de Energía del Caribe S.A. (GECELCA), a leading thermal generation company and wholesale supplier of electricity in Colombia. The grant funds a feasibility study to determine the resource quality and viability for the recovery of CMM in the Colombian department of Córdoba. In line with the White House's Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the study will help GECELCA assess various alternatives for captured CMM that could serve to increase generating capacity in the area, be supplied to the regional gas market, or be used as vehicular natural gas.
Source: http://www.ustda.gov/news/pressreleases/2015/LAC/Colombia/PR-USTDAAdvancesCoalMineMethaneRecoveryinColombia/Press-Release-USTDA-Advances-Coal-Mine-Methane-Recovery-in-Colombia_062515.asp Exit EPA

Upcoming Events

Promoting Coal Mine Methane (CMM) for Energy, Safety and the Environment: Legislation and Project Development in Kazakhstan
25 September 2015
Contact: ruiz.felicia@epa.gov

2015 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference in conjunction with the 32nd International Pittsburgh Coal Conference: Abstracts due 1 August
5—8 October 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.epa.gov/cmop/conf/cmm_conference_oct15.html

GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting and 10th Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
27—28 October 2015
Geneva, Switzerland
Website: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=38525#/ Exit EPA

2015 15th International Symposium on CBM/CMM and Shale Gas in China
12—13 November 2015
Beijing, China
Contact: cbmc@coalinfo.net.cn
Website: http://www.nios.com.cn/c/index_en/latestnews/16274.html Exit EPA

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Recently Released Publications

Updated Coal Mine Methane Country Profiles
U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, June 2015

Pre-feasibility Study for Coal Mine Methane Recovery at the Sawang Colliery, East Bokaro Coal Field, India
U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, June 2015

Updated: Energy Markets in China and the Outlook for CMM Project Development in Anhui, Chongqing, Henan, Inner Mongolia, and Guizhou Provinces
U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, April 2015

Carbon Corner

New Energy: Breakthrough Revives Europe's Carbon Market

Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS) is 10 years old this year, and has something to celebrate: an end to the oversupply of allowances, paving the way for the ETS to be a serious driver in carbon abatement.

Source: http://carbonmarketwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/EI-New-Energy-May-14-2015.pdf (PDF, 9 pp, 379K) Exit EPA

China's national CO2 market seen starting late 2016, early 2017

The long-awaited countrywide carbon trading scheme is set to be ready in the coming years, though concerns have been expressed that Beijing is rushing into this market without “laying the necessary legal and regulatory foundations.”

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/17/china-carbon-idUSL3N0Z236R20150617 Exit EPA

Short-term offset market feeling compliance-side pressure

Over-the-counter (OTC) prices for California carbon offsets (CCOs) — the secondary compliance instrument in the state's cap-and-trade program after the California carbon allowance (CCA) — have noticeably risen in June, amid signs that compliance entities seeking to make maximal use of their offset budgets (8% of each compliance year's obligations) are exerting more pressure on a supply-constrained market.

Source: http://californiacarbon.info/2015/06/22/short-term-offset-market-feeling-compliance-side-pressure/ Exit EPA

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