Clean Power from Coal
by: Jim Bell, July 18, 2005 12:07:00 am
Coal burning power plants are cheap to operate but they're a disaster environmentally because they generate so much air pollution. Now, there's a way to capture emissions from coal burning plants and convert them into a liquid that can be stored deep underground. The U.S. Department of Energy likes this idea so much it's offering a one billion dollar grant to build a prototype plant, and Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams says he wants it for Texas.
Williams says the state's Bureau of Economic Geology has agreed to develop the Texas response to the DOE's request for proposals from states interested in the Future-Gen project. State Geologist Dr. Scott Tinker says this is a rare win-win for consumers and the environment.
The technolology is called IGCC, Integrated Gas Combined Cycle, and the Clean Coal Foundation of Texas says it's a direct response to President Bush's Climate Change and Hydrogen Fuels Initiative, a public-private partnership working to develop new clean coal technologies. At least one environmental group supports it. Scott Anderson of the Environmental Defense Fund says it's an idea whose time has come.