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  • Electricity Decarbonization – How’s That Working Out?

    Most analyses of the requirements to stabilize the planet at warming of no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels envision a zero-carbon-emitting electric grid at or before 2050.

  • A Good Start for Massachusetts on Clean Energy, but Lots More to Do

    Massachusetts steps up to the climate challenge, embracing a technology neutral approach to its clean energy standard – but the Commonwealth can go further, and must to meet global warming solutions act requirements. Given rapidly changing federal policy on combating climate change, it is all the more important that states take the lead. The Commonwealth

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Bipartisan Support for Advanced Energy Legislation? Yes, for CCS Incentives!

    Question: What policy can significantly reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuel consumption and at the same time, increase domestic oil production while reducing our oil imports?  And, amazingly enough, is supported by environmental groups, the fossil fuel industry, labor, Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and the Administration? Answer: Federal tax incentives to reduce CO2 emissions […]