The Regional Partnerships will span 33 states.
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy today named the seven
partnerships of state agencies, universities, and
private companies that will form the core of a
nationwide network to help determine the best approaches
for capturing and permanently storing gases that can
contribute to global climate change.
partnerships include more than 140 organizations
spanning 33 states, three Indian nations, and two
Canadian provinces. In announcing the initiative last
November, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said the
partnerships would become "the centerpiece" of expanded
federal efforts to investigate the potential for carbon
sequestration. The partnerships are a key part of
President Bush's Global Climate Change Initiative.
"Carbon sequestration" is
the term given to a family of methods for removing
carbon gases from the exhausts of power plants or from
the air itself, then securely storing the gases in
geologic formations, in soils and vegetation, or in a
variety of other environmentally safe forms.
In only the last five
years, sequestration research at the Energy Department
has risen from small-scale, largely conceptual studies
to one of the highest priorities in the agency's energy
The seven partnerships
will develop the framework needed to validate and
potentially deploy carbon sequestration technologies.
They will study which of the numerous sequestration
approaches that have emerged in the last few years are
best suited for their specific regions of the country.
They will also begin studying possible regulations and
infrastructure requirements that a region would need
should climate science dictate that sequestration be
deployed on a widescale in the future.
The selected partnerships
are: [Click on each link for more details]
West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership
led by the California Energy Commission, Sacramento,
CA, and made up of representative organizations from
Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and
Southwest Regional Partnership for Carbon
Sequestration which will involve the
efforts of 21 partners in eight states coordinated by
the Western Governors' Association and New Mexico
Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM,
Northern Rockies and Great Plains Regional Carbon
Sequestration Partnership which will be
headed by Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, and
cover Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota;
Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership which
will extend across Minnesota, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and two Canadian provinces.
It will led by the Energy & Environmental Research
Center at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks,
Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium
which will evaluate sequestration options in the
Illinois Basin of Illinois, western Indiana, and
western Kentucky. It will be led by the University of
Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey.
Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership,
headed by Southern States Energy Board, Norcross, GA,
and involving Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina,
and South Carolina;
Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership
covering Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and
West Virginia and coordinated by the Battelle Memorial
Institute, Columbus, OH.
The Department of Energy
will provide approximately $11.1 million to support the
partnerships over the next two years. Each group will
receive up to $1.6 million, with participating
organizations contributing another $7 million, or an
average of nearly 40 percent of the initial funding.
At the end of two years,
the partnerships will recommend technologies for
small-scale validation testing in a "Phase II"
competition expected to begin in late fiscal year 2005.
The second phase will provide additional federal funding
to continue progress in environmental permitting, public
involvement and education, protocols and other
infrastructure needs for ensuring that carbon gases can
be safely and permanently sequestered.
The Regional Partnership
selections mark the third major sequestration-related
initiative taken by the Energy Department in recent
months in support of the President's Climate Change
Initiative, which calls for an 18 percent reduction in
U.S. greenhouse gas intensity by 2012.
In February, the
Administration announced plans for designing and
building FutureGen, a highly efficient and
technologically sophisticated coal-fired power plant
that will incorporate carbon sequestration to help meet
its near-zero emission goals. The Regional Partnerships
will provide key regulatory, infrastructure, and
site-related information for future deployment of
In June, the Department
of Energy coordinated the first meeting of the Carbon
Sequestration Leadership Forum, an international effort
to examine development and deployment options for carbon
sequestration on a global scale. Along with the United
States, delegations from 13 countries and the European
Union attended the inaugural meeting held in Tysons