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Other - Fixing Tax Issues Associated with CCPI Grants


In the short-term, Congress must fix a problem in the IRS code that hurts some CCS projects that receive grants under the Clean Coal Power Initiative (“CCPI”).  These grants are not taxed for projects developed by "C" corporations. But grants received by partnerships are taxed-- as much as 35%--  harming the chances of actually building these projects.  This particular anomaly hurts two US flagship CCS projects with 90% capture in the U.S that use a partnership structure.  The first is Summit Power Group's Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP).  The second is Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) which will be located near Bakersfield.  Congress fixed this problem for partnership-based solar and wind projects so that these grants are not taxed, but the solution must be extended to CCS projects to advance this key technology.  Summit Power Group's memo details the problem and the solution.

Geologic carbon storage through enhanced oil recovery


"Geologic Carbon Storage through Enhanced Oil Recovery", published in Elsevier press' Energy Procedia, GHGT11 proceedings that Bruce Hill, Clean Air Task Force, Senior Scientist-Geologist, wrote jointly with U TX's Sue Hovorka and Steve Melzer

Seismic Risk Won't Threaten the Viability of Geologic Carbon Storage


This week’s rumblings against carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a powerful means to mitigate global climate change come not from any natural geological source, but solely from an opinion piece published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) Perspectives.  Despite the arguments of two Stanford geophysicists, however, there is plenty of countervailing scientific evidence that CO2 from U.S. fossil power plants can be captured and safely stored.  While the opinion piece rightly raises the importance of rigorous site selection and site characterization for commercial scale storage, it falls far short in its analysis of the overall feasibility of storing commercial volumes of CO2.  Here’s why:

Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Essential for Climate Change Protection


Carbon capture and sequestration is essential for climate change protection. This presentation focuses on the role of CCS in lowering carbon dioxide emissions and the growing importance China plays in climate change mitigation.

Underground Coal Gasification – Coming Soon to Wyoming?


After years of talk, things are starting to get real: developers are looking at pioneering underground coal gasification (“UCG”) projects in Wyoming. Some may see these projects as first steps to finally producing truly clean energy from coal, while others may perceive them as unnecessary, risky experiments. What’s the truth? Let’s explore the issues.

Other - No More Fossil Energy Without Carbon Capture


This posting originally appeared in the National Journal’s Energy and Environment Experts blog.

Other - Midwest CO2 Pipeline Feasibility Study


Midwest CO2 pipeline feasibility study summary and findings.

Other - Getting Serious About Carbon Sequestration


Action is more urgent and challenging than recognized by policy makers.

An NGO Perspective on UCG


Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is necessary for climate stabilization. Underground coal gasification (UCG) can help make CCS affordable.

“NowGen”: Getting Real about Coal Carbon Capture and Sequestration


Progress toward a viable CCS industry needs to accelerate dramatically. This article argues for a concerted effort to build 20 GW of CCS in the U.S. and equivalent amounts in other OECD countries by 2020.

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