CSG’s Energy & Environment Task Force met on October 22 to discuss pressing policy issues, to hear from staff on the progress of specific programs and to review both policy resolutions and select Suggested State Legislation.

Several states in the Midwest are now involved in carbon-capture-and-storage projects. 

Enhanced oil recovery is a decades-old, proven commercial activity already widely practiced in the Permian Basin of Texas, the U.S. Gulf Coast and elsewhere. But could EOR be more widely employed in the Midwest, and ultimately become a central part of this region’s energy policy?

Though I predict climate change legislation will not pass in 2010, it will come to pass, most likely beginning with a utility sector cap.  Thus, it is essential to advance the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in order to curb coal-fired power plant emissions.    

The Obama administration has formed a new task force to develop policies that promote advances in carbon capture and storage, while the region's governors move ahead with plans of their own.

State eNews Issue #38 | January 20, 2010

In September 2009, American Electric Power’s Mountaineer Power Plant in New Haven, W.Va., began a 20 megawatt project that will capture and store 100,000 tons of CO2 annually.

It’s one of the nation’s first carbon capture and storage demonstration projects where CO2 is captured and trapped deep underground, instead of being released into...

Carbon capture and storage technology is becoming more important across the U.S. as policymakers deal with a balancing act—how to mitigate climate change while keeping the cost of electricity down.

Demand for electricity is expected to increase 1.1 percent annually through 2030 while demand for oil and other liquid fuels will increase by approximately 10 percent by 2030 and low carbon sources, such as renewable energy, will become more common.


Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes a program to help people whose family members are trapped, injured or awaiting rescue during an underground mine emergency.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act creates a Mine and Industrial Accident Rapid Response System; provides requirements for protective equipment in underground mines; provides for criminal penalties for the unauthorized removal of or tampering with certain protective equipment; provides for notification requirements in the event of an accident in or about any mine and imposing a civil administrative penalty for the failure to comply with such notification requirements; provides rule-making authority; and clarifies the responsibilities of county answering points.