Many states are pursuing CMM recovery projects

 

Abandoned coal mine methane delivering the right results -

Renewable clean fuel, energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions


 

Pennsylvania

Multiple projects are ongoing in Pennsylvania. Coal Gas Recovery LP has ongoing projects in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Their projects are expected to eliminate almost 600,000 tons of methane emissions per year and generate enough pipeline quality methane gas to heat 15,000 homes a year.

Source: EPA Transcripts of Statement of Kathleen A. McGinty April 13,2004

Alabama Project

A CMM project at four mines in Brookwood, Alabama is reducing emissions by 1.5 million metric tons of carbon equivalent annually through the sale of 13 billion cubic feet of methane each year to local gas company.

Source EPA

 

Illinois

The Corinth Abandoned coal mine methane project in Franklin County Illinois started on June 3, 2005 and has reduced annual green house gas emissions by 180,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent. All methane gas recovered was processed into clean burning pipeline-quality gas.

Source: http://www.netjets.com/About_NetJetsrinth_coal_mine_methane_project.asp

Ohio

Harrison County Ohio has an ongoing project recovering abandoned coal mine methane from three mines. This project has significant upside potential, however, at current market prices for natural gas it is not commercially viable and production has been significantly reduced.


CBM Ohio, LLC, the operators of the project have provided the following projections for full development of their mines under contract. The project is projected to recover 800,000,000 cubic feet of methane per year, 239,000 megawatts of electricity equivalents or the ability to heat nearly10,000 Ohio homes annually. Additionally, the projects will safely capture and process the equivalent of 323,200 metric tons of carbon. Finally, CBM estimates that the regional economic impact of the abandoned mines at full production will be $6,000,000 annually including royalties to land owners, service contracts, supplies, and payroll.

Ohio has hundreds of square miles of underground coal mines.

Ohio's underground coal mines

  • Abandoned coal mine methane is arguably the most cost-effective renewable energy for Ohio when compared to all other sources readily available in the state

  • Abandoned coal mine methane is considered a dispatchable base-load source of consistent energy for utilities (available 99.5%+ of the time) and is not subject to variations in weather patterns.

  • Abandoned coal mine methane recovery is a safe and proven technology based on successful projects in Alabama, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio and these projects are close to commercial viability. At current natural gas prices, a history of large price swings, and a bleak energy outlook in terms of pricing, private investors are reluctant to fund and develop new projects. The designation of CMM as a renewable energy source with REC incentive will allow for pricing stability and bring many of these projects back to commercial viability and help Ohio achieve their RPS goals. CMM recovery projects should not require additional state subsidies or grants.

  • CMM recovery in most areas of Ohio will use existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure which has excess capacity.

  • Pennsylvania has several active projects recovering and using methane in energy production and the developers are receiving renewable energy credits. It is expected that Pennsylvania will compete regionally in CMM as the REC market matures.


CMM fits the criteria recommended by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on successful RPS policy namely:

      • Availability of sufficient energy resources

      • Balancing a State’s goals for fuel diversity, economic development, price effects and environmental benefits