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About half of the electricity Americans consume comes from coal, and China’s economic boom is being fueled by the dirty-burning stuff. So while we’d prefer an end to all coal, technologies to capture and store the carbon emissions from coal plants will just have to help […]

About half of the electricity Americans consume comes from coal, and China’s economic boom is being fueled by the dirty-burning stuff. So while we’d prefer an end to all coal, technologies to capture and store the carbon emissions from coal plants will just have to help us out in the meantime. The DOE said today that it has awarded the first three large-scale carbon sequestration projects in the U.S., the largest single set of projects in the world to date.

The three projects — the Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership, the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, and the Southwest Regional Partnership for Carbon Sequestration — will test the storage of 1 million or more tons of CO2 in deep reservoirs. The basins supposedly have the capacity to store over 100 years of CO2 emissions, and the DOE will invest $197 million over ten years, subject to Congressional approval. Including partnership cost share, the total value of the projects is $318 million.

For now the technology of capturing and storing carbon emissions is unproven, expensive and still in the research stage. And clean coal technologies in general are highly controversial. Though that hasn’t stopped the venture world from investing in startups like GreatPointEnergy and Secure Energy. Check out the release for details on the individual projects.

  1. There is an excellent post on China’s economic boom due to the US dependency on coal.

    I believe if you click on my name above it links to it.

    It is about time the DOE finally did something about it, and we get ten years investment all for the cost of about one month military spending in Iraq.

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  2. Nice way find a way to comment about Iraq, rick

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  3. [...] About half of the electricity Americans consume comes from coal and China’s economic boom is fueled by coal – source [...]

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  4. [...] $750 million pledge, these OPEC nations surpass the U.S., which through the Department of Energy unveiled an investment of nearly $200 million in carbon sequestration projects last [...]

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  5. [...] 3) About half of the electricity Americans consume comes from coal and China’s economic boom is fueled by coal – source [...]

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  6. [...] The DoE announced its first three CCS projects in October 2007 and the fourth in December. The first three projects are being undertaken with separate members of the Carbon Sequestration Regional Partnerships, specifically the Plains, Southeast, and Southwest regions. The projects total $318 million, $197 million of which the DoE will fund. The projects will test the storage of 1 million or more tons of CO2 in deep reservoirs. President Bush kicked of the DoE’s CCS program in 2001 saying “We all believe technology offers great promise to significantly reduce [greenhouse gas] emissions — especially carbon capture, storage and sequestration technologies.” [...]

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