Moniz to Visit Kemper Carbon-Capture Plant

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks during the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Alex Brown and Amy Harder
Nov. 5, 2013, 8:19 a.m.

En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz will vis­it Mis­sis­sippi’s Kem­per County CCS pro­ject, an En­ergy De­part­ment of­fi­cial con­firmed Tues­day, one of only two plants un­der con­struc­tion that will em­ploy car­bon-cap­ture and se­quest­ra­tion tech­no­logy.

CCS has been in the spot­light after new En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency reg­u­la­tions were is­sued that es­sen­tially man­date it for new coal power plants. Coal ad­voc­ates say the tech­no­logy is still too fledgling for the gov­ern­ment to re­quire its de­ploy­ment.

The Kem­per pro­ject’s launch has been pushed back to the fourth quarter of 2014, but the $4 bil­lion plant has been hailed as a sig­ni­fi­er of the po­ten­tial to lim­it green­house gases while still burn­ing coal. The plant will trap 65 per­cent of its car­bon-di­ox­ide emis­sions and pump them to an oil field while sim­ul­tan­eously us­ing in­teg­rated gas­i­fic­a­tion com­bined cycle tech­no­logy to con­vert coal to nat­ur­al gas.

Mon­iz has also said that nat­ur­al gas must even­tu­ally trap its car­bon emis­sions as well.


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