New Analysis: Carbon Capture and Storage Infrastructure for Midcentury Decarbonization

June 30, 2020 in Carbon Management, News & Press, Reports & Whitepapers Author: Dane McFarlane

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) is excited to announce the final results of more than two years of research and modeling on carbon capture and storage opportunities throughout the US. The white paper, Transport Infrastructure for Carbon Capture and Storage: Regional Infrastructure for Midcentury Decarbonization, summarizes our findings and details our analytical approach. The analysis identifies near-term capture and storage opportunities, then designs and plans the regional transport infrastructure required to maximize CO2 abatement while minimizing cost and land use impact.  Continue reading »

Together: Creating Technology for Real-World Impact

June 10, 2020 in Carbon Management, Together Author: Morgan Zehner

This blog is one in a series that celebrates the wide variety of professionals who have been touched by the Great Plains Institute (GPI). Together – GPI’s spring 2020 campaign – showcases people who work in multiple industries and have various constituents and customers, but all play an important role in helping America transform its energy system. Read all the stories in the Together series here.

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Midcontinent Industrial Emissions Present Challenge & Opportunity

May 12, 2020 in Carbon Management Author: Jill Rook

An industrial facilityIndustry is the third highest-emitting sector in the US economy and has less obvious carbon reduction pathways in comparison to electricity and transportation, where the vast majority of decarbonization discussions have focused. This post introduces the current landscape of emissions in the US industrial heartland, the Midcontinent region, to inform discussions of carbon reduction pathways. While industry poses a challenge for decarbonization given its diversity of subsectors, unique emissions sources, and complex solution sets, it also holds a high potential for low-cost strategies, opportunities for collaboration between subsectors, and could drive investment in innovative decarbonization technologies. Continue reading »

Carbon Capture Coalition Sends Letter to Congress on Supporting At-Risk Projects as Part of Economic Recovery

May 11, 2020 in Carbon Management Author: Jessie Stolark

The Carbon Capture Coalition (convened by the Great Plains Institute) recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders and committees of jurisdiction outlining their request for targeted measures aimed at providing immediate support for current carbon capture projects at risk of delay or cancellation due to the COVID-19 crisis and to increase the number of projects in the near-term development pipeline.  Continue reading »

Coalition Welcomes IRS Inspector General Report, Calls for Agency to Follow Coalition Recommendations to Safeguard Integrity of New 45Q Tax Credit

May 6, 2020 in Carbon Management, News & Press Author: Jennifer Christensen

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Great Plains Institute Vice President and Director of the Carbon Capture Coalition Brad Crabtree issued a statement responding to the release of a letter from the Internal Revenue Service Inspector General regarding tax credit claims under the old 45Q tax credit program. The statement was originally posted on the Carbon Capture Coalition website:

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Minnesota Carbon Capture Opportunities

March 31, 2020 in Carbon Management Author: Lauren Schultz

A man speaking at the Minnesota Carbon Capture ForumEnergy, environmental, labor, and policy leaders recently hosted the Minnesota Carbon Capture Forum to inform and educate a diverse audience about the economic and environmental opportunities for the technology in the state. Below you will find audio of the event as well as other resources on how Minnesota and other US states can capitalize on this decades-tested technology.  Continue reading »

45Q Tax Credit Implementation Update: IRS Releases Long-Anticipated Guidance, but Questions Remain

March 6, 2020 in Carbon Management Author: Patrice Lahlum

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two pieces of guidance relating to the implementation of the reformed 45Q tax credit, relating to requirements defining beginning and continuous construction requirements for projects and a revenue procedure that establishes rules for business partnerships claiming the tax credit. Clarity and financial certainty on 45Q tax credit implementation is vital for carbon capture projects which­­ have a narrow window of time to begin before the credit’s January 1, 2024 deadline for beginning of construction.­­ Continue reading »

US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis: Brad Crabtree Responds to Questions on Reducing Industrial Emissions

January 11, 2020 in Carbon Management Author: Gail Nosek

Brad Crabtree, Great Plains Institute’s (GPI’s) vice president of carbon management, was asked to testify before the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in his role as director of the multi-sector Carbon Capture Coalition, which is convened by GPI. He spoke at the hearing, “Solving the Climate Crisis: Reducing Industrial Emissions Through US Innovation,” last fall about the critical need for economywide deployment of carbon capture to reduce industrial carbon emissions at scale. Following the hearing, the committee had a number of follow up questions, which Brad answered and submitted for the record. Those written responses can be downloaded or read below. Continue reading »