A recently formed governors’ group aimed at advancing the development and deployment of carbon capture projects and CO2 pipeline infrastructure across the United States sent a letter to Congressional leaders today urging passage this year of the bipartisan Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, S. 2602.
The governors note in their letter that the USE IT Act complements the recent landmark reform of the federal 45Q tax credit for CO2 storage and beneficial use of carbon capture by providing federal research and development (R&D) support for next generation carbon utilization and direct air capture technologies.
The Governors’ Partnership for Carbon Capture launched earlier this year to provide state executive leadership, focus and outreach on behalf of carbon capture policy and technology deployment. The effort is led Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Montana Governor Steve Bullock, who also co-convene the State Carbon Capture Work Group. Joining Governors Mead and Bullock in the Partnership is Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Utah Governor Gary and Herbert, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, and Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer.
A detailed overview of the USE IT Act can be found on the Carbon Capture Coalition website here.