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On the Blogs: Alternate Facts From the Carbon Capture-and-Storage Industry

From Renew Economy: Supporters of carbon capture and storage (CCS) plants on coal power stations are audaciously seeking to sell the story they are cheaper than renewables – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. An example of this genre of CCS spin was published early last week in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) which reported […]

February 27, 2017 Read More →

Montana and Wyoming Governors Float Untested ‘Carbon Capture’ Projects

Tom Lutey for the Billings Gazette: Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead joined Bullock in listing the carbon capture opportunities of the dual state project, which is included in a 14-state report listing carbon capture opportunities. “Capture of CO2 from power plants for use in enhanced oil recovery can provide economic, environmental and national security benefits long […]

December 5, 2016 Read More →

Ohio Agency Offers $8 Million in Public Money for ‘Possibly Oxymoronic’ Research Into Clean Coal

Tom Knox for Columbus Business First: An Ohio agency is offering researchers up to $8 million to help prove that “clean coal” is possible. While so far unproven and possibly oxymoronic, the money will go towards finding ways to make clean coal more viable. “Cleaner, economical, and ultimately greater use of Ohio coal and/or its […]

October 6, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: The Carbon Capture and Storage Fantasy

Lachlan Barker for Independent Australia: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) was, is, and always will be a pipe dream of a “solution” to CO2 emissions, so that begs the question what is the federal government up to giving yet another handout to the ultimate dole bludgers of Australia, the coal industry? I had an idea, […]

August 25, 2016 Read More →

U.K. Coal Producers Push to Revive Carbon-Capture Schemes

Andrew Ward for the Financial Times: Coal producers are pressing the UK government to rethink its decision to scrap a £1bn scheme to develop carbon capture and storage technology. The World Coal Association, which represents big miners such as Glencore and Anglo American, has written to Greg Clark, the new business secretary, appealing for support […]

August 10, 2016 Read More →

‘High Ambition’ in U.K. Carbon-Capture Schemes

Kiren Stacey for the Financial Times: Last November, the UK government suddenly cancelled plans to spend £1bn helping to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS), seen for years as vital for reducing emissions. The move shocked many in the industry, not least because of what senior ministers had said about the technology in the past. […]

July 26, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: Long Odds on Coal Industry’s Hopes for Carbon Capture and Storage

Gary Ellem for The Conversation: One of the great hopes of the industry is carbon capture and storage (CCS), a way to burn coal, remove the carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and store it safely away from the atmosphere. While there have been several breakthroughs, the technology remains expensive. Advances in energy technologies mean that adding […]

June 17, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: Failure of Texas Project Illustrative of Carbon-Capture Industry

Jim Malewitz for the Texas Tribune: Plans to build a coal-fired carbon-capture power plant in West Texas appear to be on life support. Summit Power Group has yet to begin construction of the gasification plant on 600 acres outside of Penwell, a speck of an oil town 16 miles southwest of Odessa. And the federal […]

June 9, 2016 Read More →

U.S. Department of Energy Backs Away From Another Carbon Capture and Storage Project

Bob Berwyn for InsideClimate News: The Obama administration has suspended funding for a large, troubled carbon capture and storage project, a decision being challenged by politicians from both parties and environmental advocates alike. While the Texas Clean Energy Project is not officially dead, continued refusal by the Department of Energy to extend any more money […]

May 13, 2016 Read More →
A Carbon-Capture Debacle in Saskatchewan Raises More Questions About a Technology That Isn’t Living Up to the Hype

A Carbon-Capture Debacle in Saskatchewan Raises More Questions About a Technology That Isn’t Living Up to the Hype

A Failed Coal Industry Experiment

The trouble engulfing SaskPower over its Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage plant in southern Saskatchewan comes with far-reaching implications that stand to affect the future of this questionable technology. When the coal-fired 140 megawatt Boundary Dam power station—outfitted with a carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant  officially opened in early October 2014, it drew […]