Moniz to Visit Kemper Carbon-Capture Plant

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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.
National Journal
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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