British Energy Secretary Ed Miliband said his country
will continue to build new coal-generated power plants with an eye toward
retrofitting those new coal plants with carbon capture and sequestration
technology when those technologies are fully operational.
not take a position which ignores our security of supply needs,” Miliband told
the Financial Times. He also stressed the need to drive the technology
into new plants "as quickly as we can.”
Miliband has the right idea here. In fact, we’ve stressed the same thing since
to continue to build new coal plants because new plants create a market for
advanced clean coal technologies. And that
means supporting additional funding for clean coal technology programs – especially
carbon capture and storage projects.
to need all of our available energy resources – wind, solar, nuclear and coal
– to meet future energy needs. We'll also need to continue to promote energy
efficiency, but at the end of the day coal use will continue to grow both here
at home and around the world in order to meet electricity needs.
never been an environmental challenge facing the coal-based electricity sector
for which technology has not provided the ultimate solution. In fact, today’s
coal-generated power fleet is 77 percent
cleaner than ever before, and we're moving forward with new technologies
that can be used to retrofit new and existing coal plants to meet requirements
to capture and safely store CO2.