Yesterday, we talked about how coal can not only continue to generate affordable electricity well into the future, but also can do so in an in an increasingly clean manner. Both the public and private sector have been investing largely in these technologies, and continue to make advancements, especially in the area of carbon capture and storage.
In Montana, the federal government is working with Montana State University to invest in a project that will advance the storage of carbon emissions:
Montana State University has finalized negotiations with the U.S. Department of Energy to begin work on a $67 million, eight-year project to inject and monitor a million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into deep porous rock formations in northern Montana in one of the largest CO2 storage test projects in the country.
In Alabama, Southern Company hosted the Electric Power Research Institute’s annual CCS meeting, where EPRI showcased progress being made in the advanced coal technologies being developed:
“Southern Company remains committed to developing carbon capture and storage technology because we believe 21st century coal must be a resource for the future,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “Technology development is critical to keeping coal a part of our energy mix, along with nuclear, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and we have one of the utility industry’s few in-house research and development programs focused on CCS technology.”
Captured carbon emissions aren’t only being stored. They have long been used for enhanced oil recovery purposes. That’s why the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) passed a resolution urging the federal government into invest more in these CCS-EOR projects:
Members of NARUC approved a resolution that urges the 112th Congress and the Obama administration “to restore and increase funding as soon as possible, and eliminate regulatory impediments including, but not limited to, 100% grants to qualified applicants at power plants with a sufficient number of demonstration projects at commercial scale to yield economical use by the oil and gas industry.”
Click here to see how carbon capture and storage technologies work, and how these technologies help our environment while ensuring a reliable supply of affordable electricity.