DOE’s National Coal Council to unveil new carbon capture report

The National Coal Council, which is an advisory arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, will hold a virtual meeting viaCisco WebEx at 11:00 A.M. (EST) on Jan. 29 for the sole purpose of receiving a report, “Bridging the CCS Chasm: An Assessment of Opportunities to Advance CCS/CCUS Deployment,” from the Council Policy Committee.

DOE said in a notice to be published in the Jan. 7 Federal Register that the council membership will be asked to accept the study and forward it to the U. S. Secretary of Energy. The draft report to be presented will be available eight days in advance as of Jan. 21 at: http://www.nationalcoalcouncil.org/newsletter/Bridging_the_CCS_Chasm.pdf.

The Jan. 29 virtual meeting is open to the public. A link to the audio/video recording of the meeting will be posted on the NCC website at: http://www.nationalcoalcouncil.org/.

CCS stands for carbon capture and sequestration, while CCUS stands for carbon capture use and storage. This is a particularly timely report, since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed CO2 policy for new power plants explicitly relies on CCS for all new coal plants, and EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan for existing plants might also force its use – if any existing coal plants are deemed to be worth the cost of adding that technology.

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