Setting the Policy Stage for Carbon Capture and Storage

In the New Source Performance Standards for new power plants, EPA finalized a standard for new coal units based on partial carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the best system of emission reduction (BSER).  EPA had proposed integrated gasification combined cycle with partial CCS as the BSER, but finalized highly efficient supercritical pulverized coal with partial CCS instead, yielding a less stringent standard.  EPA detailed the state of CCS development through a variety technologies and industries.

Recently Brookings Energy Security and Climate Initiative released a report on CCS, Fostering Low Carbon Energy: Next Generation Policy to Commercialize CCS in the United States.  This report concludes that current policy does not adequately address the risks and status of CCS technology and suggests policy changes to promote CCS development and commercialization.

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