Dothan, Ala. - Clean Energy Pathways, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CPWY) has received early support for its concept to co-fire coal utility boilers with liquid biofuel, forming an alliance with the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association to promote the solution for utilities complying with EPA's Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).
"The challenges to coal as a utility fuel can be partially addressed with a renewable fuel that's good for American producers and our economy, using a product made here, grown here," said Larry Breech, President of the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association (http://www.midatlanticsoy.org). "The utility industry has already announced that approximately 60 coal-fired units will be shutdown because of the new EPA rules. Based on the data we have seen, biofuel co-firing can help reduce the cost and technical impact for meeting the new EPA standards, and give utilities a near-term solution at minimal cost, compared to retrofitting with upgraded controls. This alternative from American farmers is very appealing, and it will help make coal a viable fuel for utilities well into the future."
According to Clean Energy Pathways Marketing Director Jon Chynoweth, biodiesel can be used for flame stabilization, start-up or as a component to be co-fired with coal. "Use of biodiesel can also reduce boiler maintenance costs," he added. "Liquid biofuels reduce soot and slag buildup on boiler tubes, which improves heat transfer efficiency, maintenance and operating costs."
"Our association sees this as highly complementary to other markets for our products, creating opportunities for many more people and our economy," Breech added. "We have discussed this at the national level, and plan to take it forward in measured steps."
Clean Energy Pathways markets custom-blended biofuels for use as a Btu-substitute in coal-fired utility furnaces and diesel-powered equipment. Available as B20, B100 or other custom blends, the fuels meet the EPA's RFS2 mandate for use of renewable fuel, and create carbon tax credits. These fuels also qualify for the Renewable Electric Producer Tax Credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt, or 22 cents per gallon based on 10 kilowatts per gallon.
About Clean Energy Pathways
Clean Energy Pathways, Inc. is a company focused on multiple solutions to aid businesses and government facilities in attaining energy independence, reduced costs, and a cleaner environment. These pathways to energy independence include bio-fuels, solar systems, building energy management systems and other technologies, as well as financing of and gain-sharing in, the improvements. For more see cleanenergypathways.com