Japan and China: Remarkably Clean Coal

The new buzzword for coal-fired power plants is HELE, an acronym for High Efficiency Low Emission. According to a recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report, Japan’s 600 MW Isogo plant in Yokohama is probably the best in the world. It Continue reading Japan and China: Remarkably Clean Coal

Vastly Improved Modern Coal-Fired Power Plants

Ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants deserve clarity. Recently, an editor dismissed ultra-supercritical coal-fired as jargon, and asked: Is there really something called an “ultra-supercritical” power plant? Yes, there is: And everyone, engineers and average people, deserve an explanation about why they Continue reading Vastly Improved Modern Coal-Fired Power Plants

Kemper Travesty is No Way to Save Coal Mining Jobs

Recently, members of Congress from both parties have put forth proposals to continue or increase subsidies for power plants that capture CO2. The most notorious of these plants is the disastrous Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plant in Kemper Continue reading Kemper Travesty is No Way to Save Coal Mining Jobs

Coal and the Unreachable Climate Goal

While the Obama administration continues to promote its war on coal, and fossil fuels in general, coal usage worldwide continues at a brisk pace. While silly movies, like Before the Flood, promote COP 21 goals, the world continues to favor Continue reading Coal and the Unreachable Climate Goal

Coal Battered, but Not Down

Coal usage in the United States is heading lower because of the administration’s war on coal. The EIA forecasts a 16% reduction in US coal production from 2014 to 2017. Meanwhile, coal usage around the world is increasing. According to Continue reading Coal Battered, but Not Down

The High Cost of Renewables

Numerous attempts are made by the media and others to claim that renewables are less costly than electricity generated from fossil fuels. The prevailing mantra is that costs are “rapidly declining” and that wind and solar are competitive, or will Continue reading The High Cost of Renewables