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  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Carbon Capture & Storage in the United States Power Sector

    This new report is based on a CATF-led U.S. power sector modeling study, which finds that 45Q federal tax credits for carbon capture & storage (CCS) can have a significant impact on CO2 emissions reductions by 2030.

    February 12, 2019
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy The New Economics of Carbon Capture: Lower Costs, More Revenue

    The next CCS coal retrofits promise to be a lot cheaper. Last year, after the successful Petra Nova retrofit of the W.A. Parish Plant, NRG stated that the next retrofit would be 20% cheaper. They know from building the first plant where to eliminate “overkill” in the system and where to gain efficiencies that shrink the size of expensive components.

    November 20, 2018
  • 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 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
  • 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