FutureGen and the Department of Energy's Advanced Coal Programs

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:00:00 GMT

  • Victor K. Der, Acting Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Mark Gaffigan, director of the natural resources and environment team, Government Accountability Office
  • Sarah Forbes, senior associate, climate and energy program, World Resources Institute
  • Robert Finley, director, Energy and Earth Resources Center, Illinois State Geological Survey
  • Larry Monroe, senior research consultant, Southern Co.
E&E News:
A House Science and Technology subcommittee will explore the troubled FutureGen advanced coal project Wednesday, days after Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he hoped to proceed in a “modified” way with the project that his predecessor abandoned.

The review of FutureGen, a prototype that would capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions among other goals, is part of a broader Energy & Environment Subcommittee probe of DOE programs to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases from burning coal, which currently provides half the nation’s electric power.

The hearing will “inform members about near-term and long-term strategies to accelerate research, development and demonstration of advanced technologies to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants,” according to the committee.

But questions about FutureGen – a joint federal-industry project that was slated for construction in Mattoon, Ill. – specifically will probably take center stage.

The Department of Energy's FutureGen Program

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:00:00 GMT

On January 31, 2008, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a significant departure from its clean coal initiative, FutureGen. Originally conceived in 2003, FutureGen was touted as a pollution-free power plant of the future intended to showcase cutting-edge technologies to address climate change and advance the President’s hydrogen initiative.

Panel I
  • C. H. “Bud” Albright, Under Secretary of Energy, Department of Energy
Panel II
  • Jeffrey N. Phillips, Program Manager, Advanced Coal Generation EPRI
  • Ben Yamagata, Executive Director, Coal Utilization Research Council
  • Paul W. Thompson, Senior Vice President, Energy Services, E.ON U.S. LLC

Coal Gasification Technologies and the Need for Large Scale Projects

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 09 Apr 2008 18:30:00 GMT

Coal gasification can provide an efficient, clean, and versatile way to generate electricity and other energy products from coal as an alternative to traditional generation methods. The process allows for the removal of pollutants such as sulfur and nitrogen compounds that contribute to smog and acid rain, and the capability to capture carbon dioxide without releasing it into the atmosphere. The Subcommittee will examine coal gasification technologies, including the challenges and advantages over traditional technologies, and the need for large scale integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) demonstration projects that feature carbon capture and sequestration.

  • John Marburger III, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
  • James Childress, Executive Director, Gasification Technologies Council
  • Joseph P. Strakey Jr., Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Michael J. Mudd, Chief Executive Officer, FutureGen Alliance, Inc.
  • David Hawkins, Director, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Mr. John Novak, Executive Director, Federal and Industry Activities, Environment and Generation, The Electric Power Research Institute