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RE: Coal Gasification question

I believe the Sierra Pacific Power Company project referred to by Kevin was the Pinon Pine Power Project at the Tracy Station, Nevada.  Kevin is correct, the plant is now mothballed.  Below are two reports on the project and the "original" DOE decision to fund the project.  


>>> "Kevin Dick" <dick@unr.edu> 03/22/05 5:31 PM >>>
I do not.  But, I noted the quote in DOE's promotional material...


"The initiative will be a government/industry partnership to pursue an
innovative 'showcase' project focused on the design, construction and
operation of a technically cutting-edge power plant that is intended to
eliminate environmental concerns associated with coal utilization."


Our power utility, Sierra Pacific Power Company, entered into a similar
"industry/government partnership" with DOE for a coal gasification unit
at their Tracy, Nevada plant a number of years ago and the unit has
never operated properly.  My understanding is the gasification unit is
now sitting idle.  Folks may want to count to ten before rushing in for
the potential distribution of revenue streams.


Also, I'm relieved to know that the only environmental concerns
associated with coal utilization are at the power plant.  I thought I
had once heard of something involving the actual mining of the coal.  


On the bright side, at least this is an initiative to reduce coal fired
power plant emissions rather than sanctioning more of them....


Kevin Dick

Business Environmental Program








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Subject: Coal Gasification question 




Does anyone have any information on the potential impact and/or
emissions from a coal gasification plant that would also provide CO2
sequestration?  The DOE is presenting this technology as the pollution
free power plant of the future (see
http://www.fe.doe.gov/news/techlines/2003/tl_futuregen1.html or read
short article below).  The project name is FutureGen - "a $1 billion DOE
venture that will combine electricity and hydrogen production with the
virtual total elimination of harmful emissions, including greenhouse


Too good to be true?  There are some concerned communities that would
like to know more.


Sarah Diefendorf
Executive Director
Environmental Finance Center, Region 9
Alameda Point
851 W Midway Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
PH: 415-664-4715 
FX: 415-664-1675


FutureGen is an initiative to build the world's first integrated
sequestration and hydrogen production research power plant. The $1
billion dollar project is intended to create the world's first
zero-emissions fossil fuel plant. When operational, the prototype will
be the cleanest fossil fuel fired power plant in the world.

The initiative is a response to President Bush's directive to draw upon
the best scientific research to address the issue of global climate
change. The production of hydrogen will support the President's call to
create a hydrogen economy and fuel pollution free vehicles; and the use
of coal will help ensure America's energy security by developing
technologies that utilize a plentiful domestic resource. 

Additionally, other countries will be invited to participate in the
demonstration project through the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
and other mechanisms.

The prototype plant will establish the technical and economic
feasibility of producing electricity and hydrogen from coal (the lowest
cost and most abundant domestic energy resource), while capturing and
sequestering the carbon dioxide generated in the process. The initiative
will be a government/industry partnership to pursue an innovative
'showcase' project focused on the design, construction and operation of
a technically cutting-edge power plant that is intended to eliminate
environmental concerns associated with coal utilization. This will be a
'living prototype' with future technology innovations incorporated into
the design as needed.

The project will employ coal gasification technology integrated with
combined cycle electricity generation and the sequestration of carbon
dioxide emissions. The project will be supported by the ongoing coal
research program, which will also be the principal source of technology
for the prototype. The project will require 10 years to complete and
will be led by an industrial consortium representing the coal and power
industries, with the project results being shared among all
participants, and industry as a whole.

In the operational phase, the project will generate revenue streams from
the sales of electricity, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The revenue will
be shared among the project participants (including the U.S. Government)
in proportion to their respective cost-sharing percentage.


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