News: November 2013

EPA to revise climate rule for new power plants; will still require carbon capture

This month, the Environmental Protection Agency will propose standards that will establish stricter pollution limits for gas-fired power plants than coal-fired power plants, according to individuals who were briefed on the matter but asked not to be identified because the rule was not public yet. The revised rule, which would impose greenhouse gas limits on power plants for the first time, will still require utilities to install costly carbon controls on coal plants.

EU Parliament urges more CO2 auction cash for CCS: draft

The EU should use cash raised from selling 600 million carbon permits from the third phase of its Emissions Trading Scheme (2013-2020) to help pay for plants that can bury CO2 emissions underground and other expensive clean energy technologies, according to a draft EU Parliament report published Tuesday. 

EU's focus on renewable energy 'undermining' investment in carbon capture technology, warn MEPs

The EU must drop its "slavish and counter-productive obsession" with renewable energy targets and embrace alternative low carbon solutions such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), British MEP Vicky Ford has warned.

Carbon Storage Studies Grapple with Politics, Geology

Follow the Hudson River a few miles north of New York City and look west across the water, and you’ll see a series of cliffs called the Palisades, made of dark gray volcanic rocks called diabase. Thousands of feet underground below those cliffs may be clues for how carbon dioxide could be stored, or sequestered, near numerous sources of carbon dioxide emissions not far from the largest population center in the country. Carbon capture and storage is one solution the U.S. Department of Energy is researching for reducing the volume of climate change-fueling greenhouse gas emissions that are released into the atmosphere from coal-fired power plants throughout the region