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Programme

Overview

    • 08:30 - 08:45
      • Registration and Refreshments

      • 08:45 - 09:00
        • Chairman’s Opening Remarks

        • 09:00 - 09:30
          • Keynote Speaker

            Frederick Palmer – Chairman World Coal Association and Senior VP Peabody Energy
          • Peabody

          Keynote Presentation: Identifying energy market dynamics influenced by frequently changing regulation to highlight the effects of these on modern thermal power generation

          • Outlining regulatory developments driven by the EPA to allow for adoption of timely and low cost strategies

          • Determining the effects of existing and proposed regulations on the cost of energy production

          • Assessing the impact of the political situation on coal generation to expose the need for regulatory certainty and transparency

          • Highlighting the need for regulatory certainty to allow for suitable investment decisions aligned with the interest of all stakeholders

          • Exploring the possibilities of gaining approval from regulatory agencies to include the costs of emission reduction technologies in the costs of energy generation to ensure commercial viability of upgrade projects

          • Identifying the potential changes in direction of environmental policies brought about by the US presidential elections

        • 09:30 - 10:00
          • Speaker

            Michael Rossler – Manager of Environmental Programs, Edison Electric Institute
          • EEI

          Evaluating the overall implications of the MATS standards to highlight their effect on coal-fired power plant generation

          • Investigating appropriate planning and scheduling strategies to ensure achievability of compliance timelines proposed by the EPA

          • Evaluating the need for capital investment in innovative control technologies to enable compliance with the stringent quotas

          • Outlining the challenges with capital projects faced by power generators to determine cost effective adoption strategies

          • Highlighting the case of small and medium sized operators which do not generate enough revenue to invest in retrofits to uncover the real costs of compliance for power plants without existing emission controls

          • Assessing the long term cost implications associated with retrofitting emission controls to enable you to plan ahead of time

          • Identifying the necessity to improve operational efficiency to avoid financial losses associated with the operation of power plants with emission control systems

        • 10:00 - 10:30
          • Speaker

            Rebecca Stiles – Senior Research Chemist, Nalco Air Protection Technologies
          • Nalco Air Protection Technologies

          Investigating cost-effective, low capital mercury control alternatives to activated carbon

          • Reflecting on activated carbon as the de facto industry standard for controlling mercury emissions and the success rate

          • Uncovering alternatives to activated carbon which offer higher success rates for lower mercury and water emissions

          • Investigating specific case studies of MerControl 8034 and MerControl 6012 and the efficiency of associated technologies in plants with wet and dry scrubbers

          • Assessing and justifying investment into alternative technologies based on evidence of improved outcome

        • 10:30 - 11:00
          • Morning Refreshments and Networking

          • 11:00 - 11:30
          • Evaluating the impact of proposed changes to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) on coal ash handling and disposal and the linkage to the proposed Effluent Guideline Limitations

            • Analyzing EPA’s proposal to list coal combustion residuals as special/hazardous waste to determine the need for new landfills or surface impoundments for coal ash disposal

            • Evaluate the proposed Effluent Guideline Limitations and the implications of both rules on existing facilities

            • Quantifying levels of chemicals produced through emission control mechanisms to determine the nature of coal ash and any potential danger to contaminate ground water

            • Highlighting the need for appropriate disposal options in line with the proposed regulations to establish adequate planning strategies

            • Outlining options to beneficially utilize coal combustion bi-products to ensure commercial viability of investment in ash ponds

            • Evaluating the cost implications of coal combustion bi-product handling and disposal and the potential for increased operational costs

            • Uncovering the challenges posed by dry ash handling and transport to enumerate future costs associated with tight regulatory controls

          • 11:30 - 12:00
            • Speaker

              Jon Lehmkuhler – Commercial Manager, Brominated Performance Products Great Lakes Solutions, a Chemtura business
            • Great Lakes Solutions

            Investigating bromine and brominated derivatives; a critical resource for mercury control technologies

            • Identifying existing global sources of bromine and the factors which most impact supply of elemental bromine as a raw material critical for mercury control technologies

            • Reflecting on the success of brominated derivative products as instrumental factors to mercury control technologies in terms of economics and efficiency

            • Highlighting the available technologies incorporating brominated derivatives and the evidence of their success

            • Product and product handling information for brominated derivatives used for mercury control technologies and information on competing applications for these materials

          • 12:00 - 12:45
            • Speed networking session

              Our version of speed-dating for business is an unparalleled networking opportunity.

              Bring plenty of business cards – you’ll be meeting almost every person at the conference in a packed formal networking session that gives you the chance to identify key peers and business partners, schedule meetings or arrange times to continue conversations.

              Participation in this session is optional, but is sure to enhance your conference experience by ensuring you make the connections you need on day one.

            • 12:45 - 13:45
              • Lunch and Networking

              • 13:45 - 14:15
                • Speaker

                  John Buresh – Environmental Analyst, Xcel Energy
                • Xcel Energy

                Case Study: Assessing the MATS rule and compliance options to determine how they pertain to HCl

                • Investigating the EPA work on Performance Specification 18 (continuous monitoring rules for HCl) to establish the impact of these regulations on power generation

                • Investigating the current state of technologies for measuring and monitoring HCl to ensure compliance with the new emission limits

                • Evaluating Xcel’s experience on operating HCl monitors at an RDF facility

              • 14:15 - 14:35
                • Speaker

                  Phil Rader – Environmental Control Systems, Alstom Power Inc.
                • Alstom

                Effective Multi-Pollutant Control in the Age of MATS: Start-Up and Operating Experience of the NID at Dominion Brayton Point U3

                • Introducing the Brayton Point Unit 3, a 630MW coal-fired unit owned and operated by Dominion in Somerset, MA where air emissions from the plant are limited by state and Federal limits

                • Investigating the decision to retrofit the Brayton Point Unit 3 with an NID circulating dry scrubber after an extensive technological study comparing the effectiveness of Wet FGD, SDA Dry FGD and Circulating Dry FGD systems

                • Assessing the efficiency of NID which was selected for its ability to meet the required emission limits, compact footprint, turndown capabilities, and low installed cost

                • Uncovering the design and initial operation of the Brayton Point NID system to evaluate the suitability of this system for compliance with changing emission standards

              • 14:35 - 15:05
                • Speaker

                  Vincent Magnotta – Director, Energy Liaison Program, Energy Research Centre, Lehigh University
                • Lehigh University

                Using Process Optimization as a Tool Towards Achieving CAIR and MATS Compliance

                • Evaluating process optimization as an important technique to reduce the cost of NOx compliance

                • Uncovering Hg emission reductions as the co-benefit of process optimization

              • 15:05 - 15:35
                • Speaker

                  Jim Butz – VP Product Development, Novinda Corporation
                • Novinda Corporation

                Evaluating full scale demonstrations of a non-carbon reagent to ensure compliance with the new EPA Mercury MATS Regulation

                • Assessing the use of a patented reagent for the capture of mercury from coal-fired flue gas to preserve the salability of fly ash and offer cost and performance advantages over activated carbon alternatives

                • Identifying the use Amended Silicates, as a fine powder injected into the flue gas upstream of particulate control equipment, to ensure compliance with mercury emissions in both PRB and Eastern Bituminous coal-fired plants

                • Assessing the compatibility of Amended Silicates with multiple NOx and SOx control technologies

                • Demonstrating the viability of Amended Silicates as an immediate solution meeting existing and pending regulations for mercury control in operating coal-fired boilers through the production capacity of 20 million pounds per year brought on-line in 2012

                • Providing example results from approximately 25 full scale units and demonstrating the significant amount of planned full scale demonstrations in early 2013

              • 15:35 - 16:00
                • Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

                • 16:00 - 16:45
                  • Speaker

                    Dr Robert Wayland – Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards Sector Policies and Programs Division, EPA
                  • EPA
                  • Speaker

                    Doug Esamann – President, Duke Energy Indiana
                  • Duke Energy Indiana
                  • Speaker

                    Michael Rossler – Manager of Environmental Programs, Edison Electric Institute
                  • EEI
                  • Speaker

                    Steve Whitworth – Environmental Manager, Ameren
                  • Ameren

                  Panel Discussion: Evaluating the effects of current regulatory uncertainty and continuously changing emission standards on coal fired power generators

                  • Generating low cost adoption strategies to ensure compliance with the plethora of ‘command and control’ instruments driven by current environmental policy

                  • Establishing the expectations placed on coal generators by the EPA to help overcome the frustrations caused by endlessly changing regulatory frameworks

                  • Assessing the evolving regulations to emphasize their impact on small to medium sized plants country-wide consequentially facing retirements

                  • Emphasizing the need for investment in coal optimization strategies and research to avoid early power plant closures associated with inability of compliance with the new emission quotas

                  • Uncovering challenges of emission permit negotiations and public pressures associated with emission reductions to evaluate the financial impact of these on the power plant operators

                  • Developing strategies of successful cooperation with environmental working groups and organizations to minimize costly time delays in emission permit attainment

                • 16:45 - 17:00
                  • Chairman’s Summation and Close of Day 1

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