Last week, American Electric Power and energy research center Battelle announced a project to capture as much as 110,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually at the Mountaineer plant near New Haven, W.Va., The Columbus Dispatch reported.
In August, The Dispatch editorialized that the initial $120 million investment would not only help advance carbon capture and sequestration technology in the realm of scientific research; it would also boost the economy of the Midwest by creating jobs in the region.
If successful, the plant would be expanded to capture up to 1.65 million tons a year. American Electric Power is seeking $334 million in federal stimulus funding to cover about half the cost of the larger plant, The Dispatch reported.
The editorial went on to say that AEP’s request is “appropriate” – especially because coal is likely to play a part in the foreseeable future.
This just goes to show that in order to push clean coal technologies forward, we need to continue building coal plants with the capacity to test and develop methods to cut carbon dioxide emissions on the commercial scale.
It’s great to hear such strong local support for new coal plants. We wish Mountaineer the best of luck in securing federal funding and moving ahead with the project.
Combating climate change is one of the biggest issues of our time, and we know it’s going to take myriad resources and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Fortunately, the Obama administration and Congress have their sights set on deploying advanced clean coal technologies like carbon capture and storage(CCS)—seen by experts as critical to meeting global emissions reductions goals—and are anteing up accordingly.
Here’s what’s been funded as of late:
• Just last month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded nearly $27 million to CCS university programs (check out our university spotlights to learn more) to evaluate the risks of storing carbon dioxide in the ground.
• The DOE also set aside $8.4 million for a project that would go into training plant developers, engineers, researchers and scientists on the technology behind CCS in seven different regions across the country.
• A few weeks ago, the DOE gave an Arizona company $70.5 million from the stimulus package to research alternative ways to use carbon dioxide, including feeding it to algae.
As the DOE has found, investing in clean coal technologies has paid off in the past and we know it will again. With the government’s continued support, we can quickly and safely deploy advanced technologies like CCS and drive down the initial cost of deployment—good news for the environment and rate payers.
Keep an eye out for future DOE grants on our news page, and give us your take by posting a comment, or chiming in on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
It’s about time people think about the words they’re using to talk about green jobs. Because according to a recent post in the New York Times Green Inc. blog, clean coal jobs are apparently (according to the blog’s author) NOT considered green jobs.
What could be greener of a job than working to make America’s most abundant energy resource even cleaner by developing and deploying technology to remove pollutants?
The blog post discussed a Pew Charitable Trusts study on green job growth and included Pew’s exact definition of what a green jobs is: one that “generates jobs, businesses and investments while expanding clean energy production, increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, and conserving water and other natural resources.”
To any reasonable person, Pew’s definition of green jobs sounds an awful lot like the jobs that come along with clean coal technology. Studies show that coal-generated electricity plants using carbon capture and sequestration and other clean coal technologies promote job growth, boost the local economy and reduce emissions.
In a report conducted by BBC Research and Consulting, a coalition of key labor groups found that the deployment of power plants equipped with CCS could generate $1 trillion of economic output and create between 5 million and 7 million man-years of employment during construction and a quarter of a million permanent jobs.
Maybe that’s why President Obama consistently talked about how investing in the next generation of clean coal technologies was a key part of his Administration’s green energy plan – just something else for the folks at the Green Inc. blog to keep in mind.