The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on September 20, 2012 to discuss H.R. 6172. The bill would prohibit the EPA Administrator from finalizing any rule that would put a performance standard for CO2 emissions on an existing or new source that is a fossil fuel-fired electric generating unit until carbon capture and storage is deemed technologically and economically feasible. The hearing will begin at 9:45 a.m. at 2123 Rayburn.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is trying to gain support from her colleagues for S. 2152, legislation that would increase the commercial availability of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. The “Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in our Nation Act of 2014” (AACTION Act) would expand the Department of Energy’s (DOEs) research and loan guarantee programs for CCS. Heitkamp believes the future of coal relies heavily on CCS technology. She doesn’t see her bill moving in this Congress, but is hopeful that her efforts to gain support from her colleagues that she will be able to [...]Read more
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report entitled “Carbon Capture: A Technology Assessment.” The 100 page report was completed by Pete Folger, a Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy for CRS. The report focuses on the first component of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), the capture portion of the technology. The report “assesses prospects for improved, lower-cost technologies for each of the three current approaches to CO₂ capture: post-combustion capture; pre-combustion capture; and oxy-combustion capture.” The report indicates all three technologies [...]Read more
Carbon capture and sequestration has been seen as a key technology in the battle against climate change. The International Energy Agency has estimated that in order to meet carbon emission goals, 100 CCS projects would need to be up and running by 2020 and over 3000 projects would be needed by 2050. As a result, countries have been seeking funding and the best available method to implement these commercial scale projects. At one time, Europe seemed like it had the ability to meet the demand first but according to a new report from Bloomberg, it appears that North America is now likely to get the [...]Read more
As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) went into its final weekend of talks in Durban, South Africa, many doubted whether an agreement could be reached. However as the final hours approached there was an agreement reached that promised a “universal legal agreement on climate change as soon as possible, but not later than 2015.” A new group, the Ad Hock Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, was formed to begin work immediately on an agreement. The key to the agreement was getting both developed and developing countries to agree to it. [...]Read more