Spotlight on the Americas - November Update

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Government of Alberta announces Climate Leadership Plan

Government of Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley, announced a Climate Leadership Plan for the province on 22 November. The plan, designed to phase out coal-fired power generation and reduce emissions in the province by 30 per cent by the year 2030, accelerates the transition from coal to renewable sources of electricity, sets an overall oil sands emission limit of 100 Mt CO2, and puts a US$20/tonne price on carbon in January 2017, which will increase to US$30/tonne by January 2018.

Read more at the Government of Alberta homepage.

Institute hosts Americas Members’ meetings

The Global CCS Institute hosted two Americas’ Members’ meetings in November: one in Edmonton, Alberta on 5 November, and the other in Sugar Land, Texas on 18 November. The purpose of the meetings was to update members on Institute activities in the region, listen to members’ priorities, and solicit input on activities members would like the Institute to consider in formulating its 2016-17 operations plan.

Moniz announces new collaborative CO2 storage network at CSLF

United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, announced the formation of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s (CSLF) Large Scale Saline Storage Project Network, an international initiative to facilitate collaborative, real world testing of advanced carbon capture and storage technologies, at a meeting of energy ministers at the 6th CSLF Ministerial Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Built on the success of the CO2 Capture Test Center Network, the CSLF Large Scale Saline Storage Project Network will share operational experience, best practices and lessons learned through a global network of large scale carbon dioxide (CO2) injection sites.

Read the announcement at the Department of Energy website.

Solida Technologies awarded US patent for use of CO2 in curing concrete

A US patent for a process that reduces the curing time for pre-cast concrete to less than 24 hours vs. weeks for water-based concrete curing has been issued to Solida Technologies. The process, which uses the same equipment and raw materials as traditional concrete but uses CO2 rather than water to cure pre-cast concrete, cuts costs and reduces the carbon footprint of concrete by about 30%. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory partially funded development of the process.

Read more on the Solida announcement.

Portman-Bennet bill would help finance CCS projects with private activity bonds

On 19 November 2015, US Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced The Carbon Capture Improvement Act, a bill that would allow local or state governments to issue tax-exempt private activity bonds (PABs) to help finance CCS/CCUS projects. Under the proposed legislation, 100 percent of the eligible equipment could be financed with PABs if more than 65 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from a given facility are captured and injected underground. If less than 65 percent is captured and sequestered, then tax-exempt financing would be permitted on a pro-rated basis.

Read the announcement by Senators Portman & Bennet

Read The New York Times’ article

White House announces American Business Act on Climate pledges

On 19 October 2015, the White House announced that 81 companies have signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The pledges support action on climate change and an agreement in Paris that outlines steps toward a low-carbon future. The pledges also outline company-specific goals to reduce emissions, make low carbon investments, deploy more clean energy, and build a more sustainable business.

Read more at the White House site.

Annual CCUS Conference seeks proposals

Exchange Monitor Publications and Forums is seeking presentation submissions for the 15th Annual Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Conference, to be held 14-16 June in Washington, DC. Systems and technologies that are or could be deployed in North America will be emphasized. Appropriate topics include capture technology systems, COgeological storage, commercially available CO2 capture systems, and technologies for fossil-fueled power generation plants.

Further information and to submit proposals by the 12 December 2015 deadline go to the Call for Papers Submission Site.