Our new brothers at EnviroWonk have brought us a little story that we're sad we didn't hear about sooner. Apparently, the FutureGen, near-carbon-neutral coal-fired power plant (a $1.8 billion joing govt and private enterprise) has just been scrapped.
The plant, set to be located in Illinois, would have captured and buried nearly 100% of its carbon emissions. And though coal is never going to be a solution, this could have been a good step toward mitigation.
Unfortunately, even as Bush pledge in his State of the Union to "fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions," they were preparing to scrap the project. Instead, the Department of Energy is looking to fund several, smaller projects that will, no doubt, keep the dream alive.
The problem with the dream of carbon sequestration is that it's a dream. The fact that they've decided to spend nearly $2B on a project that I could have told you wasn't going to work is not a surprise, but it is infuriating. Especially when various renewable and actually carbon-neutral energy sources are approaching the price of coal that isn't being sequesterd. And, as you can imagine, sequestration ads quite a bit to the cost of coal power.
written by karl jeffery, February 02, 2008
written by Doug, February 05, 2008
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