Energy summit to debate climate change
President Obama has made climate change a priority in his second term, unveiling new executive orders that will cut U.S. carbon emissions. These cuts have the potential to lead to increased utility rates resulting from the phasing out of coal-fired power plants in favor of cleaner power sources such as natural gas or renewable energy.
Focusing on the long term energy outlook, the 36th WEEC, will feature a debate on the future and impact of climate change policy, what the next steps are likely to be taken by the executive and legislative branches on the issue, updates on mapping cap and trade legislation and will explore the energy marketplace outlook today and in the future.
The WEEC will include over 250 speakers, including Opening Session speakers former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Sen. Jeff Sessions; Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy; and Jim Bolte, president of Toyota Manufacturing, Ala.; along with Closing Keynote Luncheon speaker William Colton, vice president, Corporate Strategic Planning for the Exxon Mobil Corp.
Schwarzenegger's most notable accomplishments while governor include the nation-leading Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 – a bipartisan agreement to combat global warming by reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions – and overhauling the state's workers' compensation system - cutting costs by more than 35 percent.
Colton oversees all of his corporation's strategic planning activities and the development of its Energy Outlook, ExxonMobil's assessment of global energy trends.
Additional highlighted speaker events include the Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership networking breakfast with featured speaker, Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, discussing the Obama Administration's “all-of-the-above” strategy for responsibly developing available sources of American energy, as well as the President's comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution.
The Better Plants Recognition Luncheon a national recognition event that will include keynote remarks from Dr. Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency, and the AEE National Capitol Chapter Luncheon with special presentation by the Hon. William C. (Bill) Anderson, Former Assistant Secretary and Senior Energy Executive, U.S. Air Force, and currently Strategic Development Executive with Eaton Corp. on the topic of Cyber and Energy Security.
The WEEC is the nation's largest energy efficiency conference and exposition and addresses new advances in energy management, lighting, HVAC building systems, Cleantech, renewable and power technologies. Conference topics include: energy policy, high performance buildings, and energy management "best practices" for the federal, commercial, institutional, and industrial marketplace. Stimulus funding updates, green jobs, and financing are covered in detail.
For the conference program, go to www.energycongress.com/program/2013weec/2013WEECProgram.html .
Source: Association of Energy Engineers
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.