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Wyo. Gov. Gordon: DOE, Wyoming Partner on Study Showing Potential of Carbon Capture at Wyoming Coal-Fired Power Plants

  • Sep 4, 2020
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CHEYENNE, Wyoming, Sept. 4 -- Gov. Mark Gordon, R-Wyoming, issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Energy has completed a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) study for several Wyoming coal-fueled power plants. The study showed CCUS retrofits can provide significant benefits. The goal of the study was to evaluate the potential opportunities for retrofitting existing power plants with CCUS technology, the economic impact, and the carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions reductions for the State of Wyoming compared to alternatives. Governor Mark Gordon requested the study.

"We are in a critical time for energy policy and production. Wyoming can help lead in developing and supporting advances that boost our coal industry and reduce carbon emissions. The Department of Energy is also providing key leadership: this study is an example of a partnership everyone can support. It moves Wyoming and the nation ahead," Governor Gordon said.

"The Department of Energy has invested hundreds of millions of taxpayers' dollars to advance CCUS technologies and to drive down the cost of deployment," said Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes. "This study shows that through innovative technologies, like CCUS, we can develop affordable energy more cleanly, and clean energy more affordably, providing a vision for the future of fossil energy. Electricity generated from fossil fuels that is reliable, cost effective and nearly zero CO2 emissions is in the best interest of Wyoming and the country. I applaud Governor Gordon's vision and value Wyoming's leadership in CCUS."

DOE's partnership with the State of Wyoming was led by Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy Steve Winberg.

"Given recent events in California, this timely report demonstrates the need for clean, reliable fossil fuel baseload generation. Aggressive CCUS initiatives could establish Wyoming as a world leader in that technology. That effort would pay large and increasing dividends to the state as CCUS becomes one of the dominant economic and energy technologies of the 21st century. Governor Gordon's leadership is providing a model for others to follow," Winberg said.

The study compared CCUS use to an alternative case in the most recent PacifiCorp 2019 integrated resource plan (IRP). The results showed CCUS retrofits provided the following potential benefits:

* Reduced CO2 emissions by 37% (100 million metric tons) more than the 2019 IRP preferred portfolio (henceforth referred to as Baseline IRP),

* Produced avoided costs for CO 2 emissions that are $24 per ton ($21.5/metric ton) less expensive than the Baseline IRP,

* Reduced the amount ratepayers could pay by approximately 10% less per month than the Baseline IRP,

* Lifted Wyoming employment benefits up to 5 times higher than employment benefits from implementing the Baseline IRP,

* Produced higher local and state revenue from property, sale, severance, and other associated coal taxes as well as higher federal royalty payments.

The study team was led by Leonardo Technologies Inc., with financial and technical support from the US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy with technical contributions from the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Management Information Services Inc., the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources' (SER) Center for Economic Geology Research, and the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute. The study considered the retrofit of nine units at four power plants in Wyoming owned by Rocky Mountain Power.

"I thank Secretary Brouilette, his team and the many other contributors to the Wyoming CCUS study. This thorough work provides a valuable analysis of the potential of C02 capture and use in Wyoming. It complements the passage of HB 200 by the Wyoming Legislature. That legislation provides incentives for companies to invest in Wyoming coal and coal-fired units as a continued source of energy, while reducing C02 emissions. Wyoming stands ready to embrace those challenges and continue to provide energy to the US," Governor Gordon said.

The study is available online here

Bob Meinetz's picture
Bob Meinetz on Sep 4, 2020

Another "study" in the endless stream of research-for-hire (aka marketing) flooding energy news outlets, and financed by the coal, renewables, and natural gas industries.

Where to start?

"Given recent events in California, this timely report demonstrates the need for clean, reliable fossil fuel baseload generation."

There is no clean fossil fuel generation. Next...

"The study team was led by Leonardo Technologies Inc., with financial and technical support from the US Department of Energy,,.,"

The marketing brochure referred to here as a "study" was provided solely by Leonardo Technologies, Inc. a coal-industry PR firm, and financed by a Dept. of Energy grant and several entities who desperately want to convince us coal isn't destroying the environment.

Surely if DOE gave this group money it will endorse its findings, won't it? Not a chance. From the brochure's front page:

Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed...reference herein to any process does not necessarily constitute its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof."

To DOE's credit they run from this toxic advertising, for a toxic product, like a jackrabbit from a hungry coyote.

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Richard Ford on Sep 8, 2020

Good analysis, Bob.  Like you said, "where to start?"  We could both go on and on about the fallacy of carbon capture.  The toughest question that the carbon capture advocates can't answer is, "Where will the electricity come from to run the carbon capture process?"  At the alleged success story at the Parish plant in Texas, they built a second generating plant on the same site that they are supposedly remediating just to run the carbon capture process.


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Richard Ford on Sep 8, 2020

Gullible Democrats support carbon capture because the fossil fuel lobby tells them it will help the environment.  Trump and his enablers support carbon capture because they can then get the Democrats to support subsidies to the coal industry.  It's too bad none of them understand the science and how much of a scam carbon capture is.


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