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Emissions Reduction Fund planned to encourage private investment in CMM capture
Australia's coalition government is looking to replace the current carbon levy with an Emissions Reduction Fund, to help firms lower greenhouse gas emissions. The new policy will contribute to "global action on climate change. . ." Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Canberra. "What the Emissions Reduction Fund will do is help drive private-sector investment into practical actions, such as cleaning up waste coal-mine gas, cleaning up waste landfill gas, cleaning up methane and energy efficiency on a significant scale."
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India approves pricing parity between CBM and Natural Gas
The Indian government has agreed to a proposal for coalbed methane (CBM) operators to price their production on par with domestic natural gas, according to an official in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. However, the pricing parity would only become effective after the government revised natural gas pricing, a topic in the works for over a year, the official said.
The price-parity approval would be effective for three CBM operators, Great Eastern Energy, Essar Oil and ONGC Limited. For Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), approval has been withheld while the government seeks additional information from the company.
More information at Mining Weekly - CBM Pricing .
India considering report on Coal India restructuring
India's Coal Ministry has announced it is studying the recommendations of consultants Deloitte on restructuring options for Coal India, the world's largest coal producer. A government committee has urged the ministry to restructure Coal India to help reduce a nationwide shortage of coal, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the power generated in the country.
Reuters reported on May 21 that new Prime Minister Narendra Modi was exploring breaking up the company and opening up the nationalized sector to foreign investment to boost output and cut imports, although there would be considerable resistance from Coal India's powerful unions.
More information at Mining Weekly - Coal India. .
2014 Pittsburgh Coal Conference
6 - 9 October 2014
Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Meeting
22 October 2014
9th Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM
23 October 2014
7th International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases
5-7 November 2014
2014 U.S. Coal Mine Methane Conference
18-20 November 2014
Pittsburg, PA, USA
Recently Released Publications (non-EPA)
Methane drainage and utilization in coal mines with strong coal and gas outburst dangers: A case study in Luling mine, China.
Xiaoni Qi et al., July 2014
Zhou et al, September 2014. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
Volume 20, Pages 357-365