This group brings together the best thinkers on energy and climate. Join us for smart, insightful posts and conversations about where the energy industry is and where it is going.

Great Plains Institute (GPI)'s picture
Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Great Plains Institute

A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. We combine a unique consensus-building approach, expert...

  • Member since 2018
  • 53 items added with 90,586 views
  • Dec 23, 2020

The Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions Act (SCALE Act), introduced by Representatives Marc Veasey (D-TX), David McKinley (R-WV), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Pete Stauber (R-MN) on December 16, would enable CO2 transport and storage infrastructure required to scale up carbon capture, removal, use, and storage across domestic industries, including those that are difficult to decarbonize. The SCALE Act would give the federal government tools to enable US leadership on critical technology innovation and deployment in industries across the economy.

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Dec 23, 2020

Interesting development-- what might be the time scale at which this could see carbon capture become viable? 

Nathan Wilson's picture
Nathan Wilson on Dec 24, 2020

While I'm not a strong advocate for CC&S, with current enthusiasm for renewables, we need to acknowledge that a very-low emission energy system dominated by variable renewables becomes much more affordable when fossil fuel (and/or bio-energy and/or direct-air-capture of CO2) with CC&S is included (see the recent Princeton study, starting at slide 231, the latest of many to confirm this point).

As an alternative, I believe nuclear waste will be easier & safer to transport, store, and verify than CO2, due to its visible and solid form and exceptionally low volume per unit energy generated.  But geologists assure us that storing either is viable.

So this legislation is good news.

Great Plains Institute (GPI)'s picture
Thank Great Plains Institute for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »