Energy News

1
October

Fed Plan to Consolidate Power Over Nation's Power Highway Has States Nervous

By Judson Berger

Published October 01, 2011
| FoxNews.com

The Obama administration is looking to consolidate control over the nation's power highway, pushing a proposal that would put one federal agency in the driver's seat when it comes to reviewing and approving power-line projects across the country.

The proposal has triggered a rush of complaints, pitting power companies and the federal government against concerned citizens and local lawmakers.
As the Energy Department reviews the immense feedback in the weeks ahead, the ordeal could help determine how and where the nation's power supply is routed.

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5
August

Indiana needs coal gasification plant

Letter to the Editor from Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann
Indy Star August 5th, 2011

It's been hot.

Nothing demonstrates the need for electricity more vividly than the intense heat waves we've experienced this summer. We've needed all of the power generating resources we've got to meet customer energy demands. This is in spite of a still sluggish economy where industry is not operating at full steam.

Some of the generating units we are using this summer are now being considered for retirement due to new, far-reaching environmental rules finalized by the EPA this year. And more regulations are on the way. Traditional coal-burning technology no longer measures up to clean air rules, a challenge for states such as Indiana which depend on coal to fuel 95 percent of their electricity.

So as part of the answer, Duke Energy turned to a technology called coal gasification: Convert coal to gas, strip out the pollutants, and then burn the cleaner gas to produce electricity. We pursued it because it allows us to continue using Indiana coal, a plentiful and local resource, to produce energy. Because of environmental constraints, our state currently imports more than half of the coal it uses. Those are jobs and dollars going out of state to purchase a product that is plentiful right here in our backyard.

But while coal gasification is far cleaner and far more efficient, it's also expensive. That's caused controversy for the Edwardsport plant we are building in Knox County. The project is now about 90 percent complete, and by about this time next year, the plant will be providing cleaner, efficient energy to Indiana customers. It will produce 10 times the amount of power of the plant it replaces, but will have significantly fewer environmental emissions.

The project has had its challenges. A plant using this technology has never been built on this scale before, and the project's scope and complexity drove costs up to...

5
August

Indiana needs coal gasification plant

Letter to the Editor from Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann
Indy Star August 5th, 2011

It's been hot.

Nothing demonstrates the need for electricity more vividly than the intense heat waves we've experienced this summer. We've needed all of the power generating resources we've got to meet customer energy demands. This is in spite of a still sluggish economy where industry is not operating at full steam.

Some of the generating units we are using this summer are now being considered for retirement due to new, far-reaching environmental rules finalized by the EPA this year. And more regulations are on the way. Traditional coal-burning technology no longer measures up to clean air rules, a challenge for states such as Indiana which depend on coal to fuel 95 percent of their electricity.

So as part of the answer, Duke Energy turned to a technology called coal gasification: Convert coal to gas, strip out the pollutants, and then burn the cleaner gas to produce electricity. We pursued it because it allows us to continue using Indiana coal, a plentiful and local resource, to produce energy. Because of environmental constraints, our state currently imports more than half of the coal it uses. Those are jobs and dollars going out of state to purchase a product that is plentiful right here in our backyard.

But while coal gasification is far cleaner and far more efficient, it's also expensive. That's caused controversy for the Edwardsport plant we are building in Knox County. The project is now about 90 percent complete, and by about this time next year, the plant will be providing cleaner, efficient energy to Indiana customers. It will produce 10 times the amount of power of the plant it replaces, but will have significantly fewer environmental emissions.

The project has had its challenges. A plant using this technology has never been built on this scale before, and the project's scope and complexity drove costs up to...

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