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AEP and Alstom commission CCS project

By Gerald Ondrey |

Federal and state government officials today joined executives from American Electric Power (AEP; Columbus, Ohio; www.aep.com) and Alstom (Paris, France; www.alstom.com) at AEP’s Mountaineer Plant to formally commission the world’s first project to both capture and store carbon dioxide from a coal-fired power plant. The officials hailed the project as a significant milestone in the effort to reduce CO2 emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. The Mountaineer CCS demonstration project, which began capturing CO2 Sept. 1 and storing it Oct. 2, is designed to capture at least 100,000 metric tons (m.t.) of CO2 annually.    “Commercialization of carbon capture and storage technology is an essential part of a successful strategy to address climate change, not only for the United States, which relies on coal-fired generation for about half of its electricity supply, but also for coal-dependent nations around the world,” says Michael G. Morris, AEP’s chairman, president and CEO. “Coal is a low-cost, abundant fuel source, but its use is a significant source of carbon dioxide emissions.  We are pleased to be working with Alstom and our other partners on a project that plays a significant…
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