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DOE Regional Carbon Management Applicant Education Workshop in Columbus to Support Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
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NETL and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (DOE-FECM) will host the first in-person Regional Carbon Management Applicant Education Workshop on Wednesday, April 13, in Columbus, Ohio. This workshop supports implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and will target potential applicants interested in developing various carbon management projects.

The Lab will participate in several panel discussions scheduled throughout the day. Among these is the participation of NETL’s Briggs White, who also serves as deputy executive director of the White House’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization.

The IWG was established by President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and works to catalyze economic revitalization, create good-paying union jobs and support especially hard-hit coal, oil and gas and power plant communities across the country. White will discuss the latest job opportunities emerging in the nation’s energy sector.

“Events such as this Regional Carbon Management Applicant Education Workshop and others are crucial for facilitating the country’s transition to a clean power generation sector and economy,” said James Ferguson, NETL’s State & Local Partnerships manager. “The education workshops are also a splendid opportunity to educate potential new partners and stakeholders how to engage with these critical infrastructure projects.”

Additionally, Heather Quedenfeld, deputy director for the NETL Technology Development Center, will take part in a panel session titled “Doing Business with NETL.” Tom Sarkus, NETL industrial partnerships manager, will partake in a panel detailing major integrated carbon management projects and best practices development from these projects. Fred Pozzuto, a supervisor for NETL’s NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Division, will be taking part in a panel, “Regulatory and NEPA Considerations” in concert with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Those interested in attending the workshop in Columbus are encouraged to register here.

Other topics to covered throughout the day include:

·       Importance of Responsible Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) to Decarbonization

·       Domestic Context for Responsible CCUS

·        DOE Environmental Justice Concerns and the Just Transition

·       Regional Sources and Projects

·       Land Access Considerations

·       Carbon Utilization Procurement Grants: Alternative Opportunities for Carbon Management Supply Chain

·       Regulatory and NEPA Considerations

The Regional Carbon Management Applicant Education Workshops kicked off in a virtual setting on April 7 and the event in Columbus marks the first in-person session of the series. Other in-person workshops are scheduled for New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, April 19, and Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, April 26. NETL specialists are also tentatively scheduled to speak at these in-person events.

The Regional Carbon Management Applicant Education Workshops  are intended for potential applicants interested in supporting decarbonization and developing commercial-scale storage facilities, point-source carbon dioxide (CO2) capture demonstration projects, direct air capture hubs, hydrogen production hubs with CCS, carbon utilization, and CO2 transport required by BIL provisions.

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By leveraging its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.