The Biden-Harris administration is investing $444 million to strengthen America’s infrastructure for safe, permanent storage of carbon dioxide pollution

The Biden-Harris administration is investing $444 million to strengthen America’s infrastructure for safe, permanent storage of carbon dioxide pollution

Washington, DC — As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $444 million to support sixteen selected projects in twelve states that will fight climate change by strengthening the nation’s carbon management industry. These projects, funded under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, will expand the carbon dioxide storage infrastructure needed to significantly and responsibly reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes and power plants, as well as from legacy emissions into the atmosphere. Large-scale responsible deployment of carbon management technologies is critical to achieving the administration’s ambitious climate goal of a net-zero economy by 2050.

“President Biden’s investing in America agenda is about transforming our nation for better — reducing pollution and providing economic opportunity for communities across the country,” he said. US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “With this historic agenda, DOE is investing in responsible carbon storage infrastructure to help slow the harmful effects of climate change, while revitalizing local economies and providing cleaner air for the American people.”

To achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century, the United States will need to capture, transport and store hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide each year. This will require concerted efforts to build the infrastructure to store large amounts of carbon dioxide in geological storage facilities. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to ensuring that carbon management projects are designed, built, and operated safely and responsibly, and in a way that reflects the best science and responds to the needs and input of local communities.

Validate carbon storage and test project selections
Sixteen projects were selected for negotiation to support the development of new and expanded large-scale commercial carbon storage projects, each with the capacity to safely store 50 million metric tons or more of carbon dioxide over 30 years. All projects will support the Carbon Storage Assurance Foundation (CarbonSAFE) initiative, managed by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM).
Nine of the sixteen projects have been selected for Phase 2 of CarbonSAFE: Storage Park Feasibility, and will conduct technical, economic and societal assessments of potential CO2 storage parks, particularly in areas that currently lack such facilities:

  • Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, Ohio) A feasibility study will be conducted to enhance carbon capture and storage in the southeastern Illinois Basin.
  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado) A feasibility study will be conducted to develop a carbon storage reservoir in the Sacramento Delta.
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Energy (Big Stone Gap, Virginia) We will study a storage center in Wise County, Virginia to store carbon dioxide from surrounding industrial sources.
  • Electric Power Research Institute (Palo Alto, California) It will demonstrate the feasibility of transporting carbon dioxide from the Tracy Power Plant in Sparks, Nevada, to an onshore basalt storage complex in northeastern California.
  • Omnia Midstream Partners, LLC (Tulsa, Oklahoma) It is considering plans to develop a regional carbon capture center in the Permian for future storage activities in the Delaware Basin in Texas.
  • Southern States Energy Council (Peachtree Corners, Georgia) A feasibility study will be conducted for potential carbon dioxide storage in South Florida to reduce industrial carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Trifecta Renewable Solutions (Plano, Texas) It will study the feasibility of developing a storage center at the Red Hills mine in Ackerman, Mississippi.
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks, Alaska) The company will evaluate the suitability of the CO2 storage complex to store power plant emissions in the North Cook Inlet Basin in south-central Alaska.
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) A feasibility study will be conducted to develop a brine carbon dioxide storage center for industries in the Echo Springs area in south-central Wyoming.

Seven projects have been selected for the third phase of the CarbonSAFE programme: site characterization and licensing. These recipients have completed studies of subsurface conditions and will now focus on conducting detailed site characterization, planning and permitting phases of project development:

  • Advanced Resources International (Arlington, Virginia) The company will develop a commercial-scale carbon dioxide storage geocenter in state waters near Monkey Island, Louisiana.
  • BP Carbon Solutions (Houston, Texas) The company will develop a carbon storage center located around the Whiting refinery in Lake County, Indiana, with the project area including Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, New Mexico) The company will conduct a site characterization study for three proposed storage sites in the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico.
  • Progio Corporation (Des Plaines, Illinois) It will demonstrate the feasibility of converting a mature oil and gas field in the Permian Basin into a dedicated CO2 storage facility.
  • River Parish Sequestration, LLC (Houston, Texas) It will develop a carbon dioxide transportation and storage solution for the Louisiana Chemical Corridor.
  • Southern States Energy Council (Peachtree Corners, Georgia) A site characterization study will be conducted for four carbon storage geosystems for the tri-state CCS supporting Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
  • Tampa Electric Company (Tampa, Florida) The company will conduct a site characterization study for the proposed Polk carbon storage complex located near an existing natural gas power plant in Polk County, Florida.

DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), under the supervision of FECM, will manage the selected projects. Additional details about the selected projects can be found here.

Consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing environmental justice and equity, DOE is committed to ensuring that projects under the CarbonSAFE program carefully address societal considerations and impacts, with an emphasis on early, active, and meaningful engagement with communities. All funding recipients will strengthen community benefit plans to ensure that community members have a voice in project implementation, prepare residents for jobs in the emerging carbon capture and storage industry, and generate opportunities for economic development. The plans detail each recipient’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and also contribute to President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which works to ensure 40 percent of the total benefits of certain federal investments flow to underserved communities that have been marginalized by lack of investment and immigration. Burdened by pollution.

DOE advances in carbon storage technologies
With the selections announced today, FECM has announced investments of more than $816 million in projects since January 2021 that advance the research, development, and deployment of carbon transportation and storage technologies and infrastructure. This includes $242 million for nine storage projects selected in May 2023 as part of the first closing of the Carbon Storage Verification and Testing Funding Opportunity. This progress is essential to help drive economic development, technological innovation, and high-wage jobs as we build an industrial and clean energy economy.
FECM works to reduce the environmental and climate impacts of fossil fuels and industrial processes while working to achieve net-zero emissions across the U.S. economy. Priority areas of technology work include carbon capture, carbon conversion, carbon dioxide removal, carbon dioxide transport and storage, hydrogen production with carbon management, methane emissions reduction, and production of critical minerals.

To learn more, visit the FECM website, sign up for FECM news announcements, and visit the NETL website.

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