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Wyoming, MIT partner to consider alternatives for low-carbon future

Casper Star-Tribune:

With an eye toward responding to the decline of the state’s coal economy, Wyoming leaders forged a partnership this summer with researchers at MIT to brainstorm potential solutions. 

Gov. Mark Gordon, alongside officials from the state’s new Energy Authority and UW’s School of Energy Resources, recently teamed up with MIT researchers and faculty members in a virtual multi-day conference. The discussions were part of MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative.

Organizers of the meeting sought to pair Wyoming — with its robust energy infrastructure and “underground storage potential for CO2” — alongside MIT’s expertise in researching low-carbon energy possibilities, according to a news release. 

A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis investigates the recent closure of the Petra Nova carbon capture and storage project at Unit 8 of NRG Energy’s W.A. Parish Generating Station near Houston. “Investors would do well to conduct their due diligence before investing in any coal-fired CCS (carbon capture and sequestration) projects,” the report concluded.

[Camille Erickson]

More: Energy Journal: State officials, energy leaders launch collaboration with MIT to lower carbon emissions


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