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  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Two Carbon Capture Projects: A Deeper Look

    Two carbon capture projects made headlines in 2017.  The Petra Nova project at NRG’s Texas Parish coal-fired power plant began capturing CO2 in January. Petra Nova was built on time and on budget, and is on is on track to capture 1.6 million tons of CO2 each year.  More recently, Southern Company announced that the Kemper plant in Mississippi would no longer burn coal, and would cease capturing the coal plant’s CO2 emissions.  Now Kemper will burn natural gas without CO2 controls.

    July 19, 2017
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Taking Carbon Capture to the Next Level

    Imagine a world where there is broad bi-partisan support in Congress for legislation that would drive the development and deployment of a technology that’s crucial for combating global warming and, at the same time, creating a near-zero-carbon path forward for fossil fuels.

    July 11, 2017
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Kemper in Perspective

    Next month, Mississippi Power’s 582 MW Kemper coal plant with carbon capture is expected to begin commercial operation.  When it reaches full capacity, Kemper will capture about 3 million metric tons of CO2 annually, which represents about 65% of the CO2 it produces.  Over the last several years, I’ve gotten many questions about Kemper.  Now

    January 31, 2017
  • Climate Climate Change and Energy: We Need a Big Boat

    You may remember a scene in the movie Jaws where the local police chief, having glimpsed the gigantic shark up close from back of the deck, reels back into the cockpit to observe: “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” Wringing all the carbon out of the system would be hard enough if world energy […]

    January 20, 2017
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Petra Nova is the Latest Success for Carbon Capture

    Carbon capture at the WA Parish Plant in Texas has begun, marking a turning point for the electric sector. Constructed on schedule and on budget, the project is poised to become the world’s largest power sector capture unit, removing 1.6 million tons per year of CO2. To keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, […]

    January 10, 2017
  • Technology Cleaning up Power Plants by Recovering Oil: The Game-Changing Climate Strategy

    Even with the Clean Power Plan fully implemented, coal-fired generation is predicted to make up 22 percent of the U.S. power generation mix and natural gas will be 33 percent in 2030. Because fossil fuel-fired power plants are by far the largest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is causing dangerous climate change, some control […]

    October 16, 2016 ,
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Alive and Well and Doing Better than Ever! — A Boundary Dam Update

    Nine months ago on these pages, I reported that the Boundary Dam retrofit carbon capture project in Sasketchewan Canada not only was working to keep literally hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, but was controlling 13 percent more of that climate pollution than would be required of a new […]

    August 11, 2016
  • Climate Climate Change Needs America’s Technology Leadership

    In December 2015, the leaders of 195 nations gathered in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. They unanimously agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. They had a further ambition to limit the global temperature rise to just 1.5 degrees, if possible. The Paris Agreement certainly feels historic. […]

    May 23, 2016