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News--Southern Co. sets cost cap for coal-fired plant in MS at $3bln


Houston (Reuters)- Due to concerns of utility regulators and consumers, Mississippi Power Co. has placed a cap of 3 billion dollars on a proposed IGCC facility in Kemper County, MS, 30% higher then the previous cost estimate of $2.4 billion. The coal-fired plant is being designed to burn lignite and to give utility companies options for electricity sources, as aging coal plants are either being considered for closing or modernizing. Regulators will decide in May about the coal-fired plant.

News--Wyo. seeks to develop “green coal”


Wyoming- Wyoming legislators are trying to figure out a way to produce coal that will be clean enough for the ecologically restrictive and lucrative California energy market. Wyo. is looking at China as a possible collaborator in the carbon capture and sequestration market. By sharing desalination practices, Wyo. is getting an inside look at how China is working with carbon sequestering technology.

News--NRG energy project selected to receive up to $154M in funds from U.S. Department of Energy


Washington- The NRG energy project in Thompson, Texas will demonstrate innovative advances in carbon capture and sequestration technologies. The project will show that post-combustion carbon capture can be successfully applied to existing plants economically when the plant can sequester CO2 in nearby oil fields. The 6 year project was selected under the Clean Coal Power Initiative and will receive some of its funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

News--Opponents to CO2 pipeline in Indiana rally against carbon dioxide sequestration


Indiana- A bill in the Indiana Senate recently passed that would give CO2 pipelines eminent domain rights but has not yet passed in the House. Opponents to the carbon dioxide pipeline fear that carbon dioxide sequestration carries too much uncertainty and may contaminate ground water. Indiana produces 242 million tons of CO2 annually and supporters maintain that CO2 sequestration is not dangerous.

News--U.S Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program aims to find energy efficient ways to capture carbon


Washington, DC. -Engineers at United Technologies Corp. have received funding from the new ARPA-E program in order to research a way to mimic an enzyme in human beings that effectively traps and releases CO2 in the body, and apply it to a power plant scale. Other ARPA-E funded programs are researching various ways to capture CO2 in an energy efficient fashion. Many of the researched methods are expensive and controversial, but are necessary in order to control and reduce carbon emissions. Approximately 80% of the world’s CO2 emissions come from coal, oil and natural gas, which provide 80% of the world’s power.

News--CIRI develops underground coal gasification project


Alaska- CIRI is in the process of completing a six-well program to determine the feasibility of developing the nation’s first underground coal-gasification project. A challenge for the project is the disposal of carbon dioxide from the gasification process. CIRI hopes to have the project in operation by 2014.   

News--Proposed clean-coal plant in W.Ky. receives air-quality permit


Kentucky- The Cash Creek plant in Western Kentucky has received the last in major environmental permits needed to operate the coal-to-natural gas plant. Cash Creek plans to pipeline its natural gas for sale on the open market and will also sell its carbon dioxide to companies that will inject it into oil fields for increased oil production. The proposed plant will have a reduction of as much as 98% of its air pollutants and is still awaiting EPA review.

News--Executive at American Electric Power Co. looks to expand carbon capture and sequestration project in W.Va.


West Virginia- The carbon-capture project was started last year in W.Va. in an effort to show the potential practicability of capturing carbon from a coal-fired plant. The experiment has been successful thus far and the AEP Co. executive hopes to expand the project from its current 20 megawatt portion to store CO2 from 200 megawatts.

News--Taylorville energy plant hopes to break ground this year


Illinois- Developers of the Taylorville energy plant are planning on breaking ground on the clean-coal plant later this year and plan on being able to generate electricity to fuel homes by 2014. The clean-energy plant plans to convert coal to natural gas for energy, and is slated to be the cleanest coal-fired plant of its kind. As part of the Illinois clean-coal law, major Illinois utilities will have to sign a 30 year agreement to purchase energy from the plant. The plant will have many regulatory and legislative issues to overcome and plans to use tax credits and other incentives to reduce the rate increase to consumers.

News--Southern Company abandons the carbon-capture project at Barry Steam Plant in Alabama


Alabama- Due to financial and time constraints the Alabama Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company based in Atlanta, has decided to back out of a project at the Barry Steam Plant. The project had planned to test out the option of storing large amounts of carbon dioxide underground. The project was set to receive a considerable amount of federal monies to help finance the research of coal-capture technology. The U.S. Energy Department says that they are currently looking for a replacement project.

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