The following is a statement from Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE):
“Coal power has evolved significantly over the past decade. Thanks to clean coal technologies, coal-based electricity continues to dramatically improve its environmental footprint. The newest coal-fueled power plants operating today are highly efficient, utilize less coal, and have lower emissions. Coal power is necessary to meet future energy demands and is progressing as quickly as technology is evolving.
“We do not believe EPA regulations are an effective way to address concerns about global climate change. However, if EPA proceeds with regulations, they should be based on adequately demonstrated technology and provide an achievable timeframe to allow the coal industry to continue advancing clean coal technologies. If the government creates standards that are not practical, they risk not just shutting down existing plants but also halting the development of additional clean coal technology facilities. Taking America’s most significant source of electricity offline would have disastrous consequences for our nation’s economy.”
Since 2011, ten (10) clean coal technology plants have begun operation. In addition, there are another five (5) clean coal technology plants that are either scheduled to come online or are under development. All five use the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology.