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Ines Azevedo Interviewed by WESA on Trump’s Clean Coal Plan

“‘Clean coal could only be clean coal if you have very aggressive air control technologies implemented and (are also) addressing the CO2 emissions by installing carbon capture and sequestration in parallel,’ [Azevedo] said. ‘But that’s really hard.’

“Azevedo said it’s hard because it’s expensive. Despite the fact that academics first began exploring carbon capture and sequestration technology in 1989, it was only in January that the nation’s first ‘clean coal’ power plant opened.”

Read and listen at: http://wesa.fm/post/pa-electricity-generation-moving-away-coal-would-it-move-back-under-trump#stream/0

Climate Central Quotes Ines Azevedo

Bobby Magill quoted Ines Azevedo in his piece “Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record”.

“Climate pollution from generating electricity is now more than 24 percent below where it was in 2005, said Ines Azevedo, an associate professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, whose research team’s Power Sector Carbon Index echoes DOE’s data.

“The index, published at the end of March, uses both Environmental Protection Agency and DOE data to show how quickly many different factors have come together to cut the carbon footprint of electric power plants.

“A mild winter in 2016 — the hottest year on record worldwide, thanks to global warming —  also helped U.S. carbon emissions fall last year.

“‘Because more energy is used for heating than for cooling, warm years can translate to less energy consumption,’ according to the DOE report.

“Azevedo said that electric power plants shifting from coal to natural gas are responsible for about half the electric power sector’s carbon pollution drop between 2005 and 2016. Increased use of renewables such as wind and solar accounted for 40 percent of the falloff, with power plant efficiency and other factors representing the rest.”

Read more at: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/electricity-carbon-footprint-us-shrinks-21336

Our piece on carbon footprints for cities was selected as the Editor’s Featured Article in ERL!

Our piece on "An integrated approach for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from 100 U.S. metropolitan areas" has been selected as an "Editor's Featured Article"!

You can see this and other feature articles at: http://iopscience.iop.org/collection/10/1?collectionType=FEATURED_ARTICLES&journal=1748-9326&subject=&online_date=all

Congratulations to Sam Markolf, Scott Mathhews and Chris Hendrickson who were also co-authors in this piece!

 

Launching our Power Sector Carbon Index!

Today we are launching our Power Sector Carbon Index! Check it out at https://emissionsindex.org!

The Power Sector Carbon Index provides an estimate of the carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity of the U.S. power sector using publicly available data sources. Carbon intensity is measured in pounds of CO2 per Megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity.

What is the carbon intensity? See below!

EmissionsIndex2016Q4

Azevedo named to the Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee

Azevedo named to the Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee
Inês Azevedo will provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary about the Department of Energy’s hydrogen research.

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005PDF to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on DOE’s hydrogen research, development, and demonstration efforts.

HTAC includes representatives from domestic industry, academia, professional societies, government agencies, financial organizations, and environmental groups. Their work is guided by a formal charterPDF, which is renewed every two years. Find answers to frequently asked questions about HTAC.

View information about upcoming and past HTAC meetings and find links to HTAC reports. For more information, email the HTAC administrator.