The USE IT Act: Advancing Innovative Carbon Capture Projects & Infrastructure

September 26, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Jennifer Christensen

There’s growing global recognition that technologies which capture carbon, and in some cases remove it from the atmosphere, will be vital to achieving a decarbonized economy. There is also increasing interest in these technologies given their potential economic value since carbon can be used to develop products through beneficial use or conversion. Continue reading »

Update: Momentum Builds on Carbon Capture with Major Announcements on Projects and Leadership Efforts

August 2, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Jennifer Christensen

 

Earlier this year, landmark legislation which expands and reforms the 45Q tax credit for carbon capture and storage projects was signed into law. The legislation, titled the FUTURE Act, received broad bipartisan support in Congress from governors and other state leaders and a diverse coalition of industry, labor, and environmental supporters.   Continue reading »

Federal Funding and Tax Incentives Create Opportunities for Kansas to Realize Economic Potential of Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage

July 25, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Gail Nosek

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Federal Funding and Tax Incentives Create Opportunities for Kansas to Realize Economic Potential of Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage

Policy, industry, & research leaders gather to push potential projects forward at pivotal time

LAWRENCE, KS – The Department of Energy has announced $13.3 million in funding paving the way for major carbon capture and storage projects in Kansas and Nebraska with considerable potential benefits to Kansas workers and its economy. This comes after a major win for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the federal budget bill signed into law just months ago.

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Road Map to Decarbonization in the Midcontinent’s Electricity Sector Released

July 24, 2018 in Carbon Management, Electricity, News & Press Author: Gail Nosek

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Stakeholders Release First-of-its-Kind Road Map to Decarbonization for Midcontinent Power Sector

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A diverse set of stakeholders from across the U.S. Midcontinent region have released a road map to identify possible routes toward decarbonization of the region’s electricity sector by Midcentury. The Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative (MPSC) developed the road map to help guide industry and regulators as they make decisions about how to meet the region’s electricity needs while reducing carbon emissions. The full road map as well as an interactive website outlining its findings are available at roadmap.betterenergy.org.

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Shave, Shift, Shimmy: How Demand Response Can Unlock Value on the Electric Grid

July 23, 2018 in Carbon Management, Electricity Author: Matt Prorok

Earlier this month I attended the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) Board meeting “hot topic” discussion on resource adequacy representing the Environmental/Other Sector 

My comment on the topic was quoted by RTO Insider in their coverage of the meeting, where I discussed how distributed energy sources can unlock value for the system by “shaving loads, shifting loads, and shimmying loads.” This quote, which pertains specifically to demand response (DR) as a form of distributed energy resource, generated questions about what these terms mean and why they matter for the region. It is worth spending some time talking about these values and how they can help MISO and its members.  Continue reading »

Event Preview: Road Map to Decarbonization in the Midcontinent

July 20, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Jennifer Christensen

The full road map and accompanying interactive website can be found here. Read on for details about the road map. The archived webcast from the event can be viewed in the playlist below

What if policy makers had a road map for decarbonizing the energy system? In the Midcontinent region of the US, a group of stakeholders including investor-owned utilities, merchant power companies, electric cooperatives, environmental groups, and state regulators has begun development of such a road map for decarbonization by 2050.

The stakeholder group, called the Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative, is releasing the first part of the road map which focuses on decarbonizing the electricity sector. An event to release and discuss the road map will take place on July 24, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI.

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Carbon Capture Deployment Initiatives Announced to Spur Infrastructure

June 19, 2018 in Carbon Management, News & Press Author: Brad Crabtree

JACKSON HOLE (WY) – A new effort to promote broad-scale deployment of infrastructure for carbon capture, CO2 pipelines, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), other forms of geologic storage, and beneficial utilization of CO2 in the Northern Plains/Rockies and Midwest regions was announced by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Montana Governor Steve Bullock today as part of CO2NNECT 2018. Continue reading »

State and Federal Leaders to Discuss Energy and Environmental Developments in the PJM Region

April 27, 2018 in Carbon Management, Electricity Author: Doug Scott

Utilities and regulators face an increasingly complex task when responding to the changing power generation mix. They must consider the impact of market rules, legislation, reliability, resilience, cost and environmental issues, just to name a few.

With that in mind, it’s vital to gather the key players, stakeholders, and thought leaders in this sector to discuss issues and generate solutions. That’s the purpose of the “Energy and Environmental Developments in the PJM Region,” event taking place in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2018. Continue reading »

It’s Time for Long-Term Planning for North Dakota’s Legacy Fund

March 19, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Patrice Lahlum

North Dakota CapitolA handful of North Dakota state legislators recently put forth a proposal to tap into the principal of the state’s constitutionally-established Legacy Fund to establish a loan program for infrastructure projects.  The plan is expected to come before the 2019 State Legislature and will likely be one of many ideas and proposals that surface in the coming months which aim to utilize either the earnings or a portion of the principal of the Fund. Continue reading »