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Conaway Reintroduces Carbon Capture Act

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Washington, September 14, 2017 | comments

Washington– Thursday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) led a bipartisan coalition of 30 members in introducing H.R. 3761, the Carbon Capture Act. This legislation incentivizes carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects, a technology that can capture up to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from the use of traditional fuel methods in electricity generation and industrial processes.

“The outpouring of bipartisan support for carbon capture and sequestration projects is overwhelming,” said Congressman Conaway. “It’s rare that we have the opportunity to support a policy that moves America towards energy independence while reducing emissions from traditional fuel sources, but this legislation does just that by encouraging the use of CCS technologies. American innovation built this country, and keeps this country growing. I’m proud to support the technologies that are leading the way.”

Original cosponsors include:

Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI), Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)


The Carbon Capture Act has received a great deal of industry support:

“I applaud Representative Conway and the other co-sponsors for their leadership on this important legislation that willcreate jobs, decreaseour dependence on foreign oil, and provide unique environmental benefits by encouraging the capture of more CO2from power plants and other industrial sources. Occidental uses CO2in its enhanced oil recovery operations to increase the production of US oil reserves. This legislation is vital to boosting enhanced oil recovery’s ability to capture CO2 available from power plants and industrialsources. With the current tax credit system reaching its limit, it is imperative that Congress comes together to pass this bipartisan legislation." –Vicki Hollub,President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation


“NRG Energy welcomes the efforts of a broad bipartisan team to advance carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery. Capturing and utilizing carbon dioxide from power plants is an opportunity to boost domestic energy production, while advancing emissions-reducing innovative technology.” – Raymond Long, Vice President, Government Affairs, NRG Energy


“U.S. leadership is needed to advance carbon capture to commercial scale, which is essential to the world’s environmental goals. This legislation has broad support from both sides of the aisle and is a positive step toward creating policy parity for use of carbon capture over time in the energy and industrial sectors.” – Michael Flannigan, Senior Vice President for Global Government Affairs, Peabody Energy


“We appreciate Congressman Conaway’s commitment to energy innovation, which is essential to maintaining a balanced electric generation portfolio. America’s electric cooperatives are taking aggressive steps to reduce our carbon footprint while protecting the diverse portfolio that’s needed to preserve the reliability and affordability of the co-op power supply. This legislation will help co-ops achieve this crucial goal.” -Jim Matheson, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


“This very bipartisan bill is an essential portion of an integrated effort to build on the advantages of CO2 injection technologies that the U.S. has pioneered.It also offers a platform to inform other countries of the value in growing clean coal and natural gas generation while taking advantage of oil production and optimizing recovery from existing fields which leads to multi-sector job growth andeconomic benefits.” – Steve Melzer, CO2 Conference Director and Consulting Engineer, Midland, Texas


“The UWUA applauds the bi-partisan step taken today by the House of Representatives to support the increased deployment of carbon capture technology through strengthening the 45Q tax credit. By taking the simple step of passing this legislation, our country can tackle a significant energy challenge, one supported by a broad cross-section of the political spectrum. The health and well-being of middle-class families and their communities across the nation can only benefit from this type of forward-thinking approach to energy policy.”- Mike Langford, President of the Utility Workers Union of America.


“Carbon capture on coal and gas-firedpower plantsprovide an important option forzero carbon electricity, and it maybe the most important option for reducingcarbonemissionsfrom industrial sources. Congressshould pass this bill that will that will give carbon capture an important boost to its use nation-wide, and ultimately around the world.”– Kurt Waltzer, Managing Director, Clean Air Task Force


“Congressman Conaway’s Carbon Capture Act is a critical legislative component to ensure the country’s continued energy security and independence. This legislation will help ensure continued economic growth and prosperity while addressing CO2 emissions concerns by incentivizing the development and deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage. In also promoting enhanced oil recovery, the legislation not only helps ensure low cost reliable electricity, it is a key tool for boosting American oil production.” – Colin Marshall, CEO Cloud Peak Energy


“This bipartisan bill is now an important part of a bicameral effort to give the U.S. a global edge in technologies that responsibly grow coal and natural gas generation, while also magnifying the potential for enhanced oil recovery and other economic benefits.” - ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell


“Lake Charles Methanol applauds the bi-partisan leadership of Congressman Conaway and other members of Congress in introducing legislation to extend and improve the Section 45Q tax credit, which would incentivize projects for carbon capture. The Lake Charles project, once constructed, will be the largest industrial carbon capture project in the country and the world. Projects such as Lake Charles require huge capital investment in a rapidly changing marketplace. These incentives will make it easier to construct and build such projects by providing a long term incentive to capture CO2 on a large scale. We applaud the leadership of Congressman Conaway and many other members of Congress and Senators in pursuing this legislation.” – Hunter Johnston, Counsel, Lake Charles Methanol, LLC


“As long-time advocates of robust investments in the development of Carbon Capture, Usage & Storage technologies, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers commends Chairman Conaway on his continued leadership in this effort. The improved Section 45Q tax credit proposed by Representative Conaway is a much-needed step toward making carbon capture affordable and deployable. Creating high-paying, high-skilled American jobs while responsibly reducing carbon emissions is a win-win.”Cecile M. Conroy,Government Affairs Director, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers


"Building on America’s legacy of global technological leadership, the Carbon Capture Act would leverage American energy abundance to fuel our economy as we protect the environment and transition to a 21st century clean energy economy. By expanding eligibility for the Section 45Q tax credit and implementing performance-based incentives, this bipartisan legislation would encourage businesses to develop the technologies that effectively capture and make productive use of carbon emissions. The economic and environmental benefits of developing these innovative technologies are substantial and essential for continued American energy leadership." -Tracy Terry, Director, Energy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center


“Many power plants in North Dakota (and elsewhere) are close to oil fields that could use carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery. Appropriate incentives could facilitate CO2 recovery from power plants, which would provide an environmental benefit to the electric power sector and would encourage more thorough recovery of the oil resource.”– Rick Lancaster, Vice President and Chief Generation Officer, Great River Energy


"The Center for Carbon Removal commends Representative Conway and co-sponsors for reintroducing their 45Q bill with key improvements, which complements the FUTURE Act introduced in the Senate. The legislation will help catalyze innovations in carbon dioxide utilization technologies that can have positive impacts for both the climate and the economy by incentivizing the capture of carbon dioxide from more sources and its profitable reuse into oil production and other products.” - Noah Deich, Executive Director, Center for Carbon Removal


“Successfully developing CCUS is key for America’s energy security and key to protecting the jobs of workers in the energy industry. On behalf of America’s railroad workers, we thankRep. Conawayfor introducing this bill and pledge to work with him in seeing that this important legislation becomes law.”– John Risch, National Legislative Director, SMART-TD (UTU)


“Basin Electric supports the efforts of Congressmen Conaway, Cramer and others to advance carbon capture projects in America with the introduction of the Carbon Capture Act. We believe clean coal technology coupled with carbon capture projects holds the key to an energy future that involves all sources of energy. While domestic, abundant, and reliable, the coal industry is evolving and recognizes the need to lower carbon emissions. Through our efforts at Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant, we’ve captured more than 35 million tons of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. This legislation expands the tax credit to better foster opportunities for private industry and government to work together, innovate, and advance further carbon capture projects. This country has accomplished great things when industry and human ingenuity are facilitated, encouraged, and unleashed. This is a pivotal time for our nation’s energy future, and this legislation represents an important step in the right direction.” – Paul Sukut, CEO and General Manager, Basin Electric


“The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) was created by the State of Wyoming to promote and enhance the value of the state’s natural resources through improvements to energy infrastructure. One of our major areas of focus is Carbon Capture Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies. We are currently constructing the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC), which will provide the largest post-combustion, coal-flue gas, testing site in the United States. Carbon capture solutions are accelerating with every new technological development. There are currently research teams from all over the world competing for space at the ITC as part of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. At the ITC companies will scale up their technologies from the laboratory to the pre-commercial stage. The State of Wyoming identified a need for a testing facility of this scale and worked with partners in the private sector to make it a reality. There is also an important role for the Federal Government to play in advancing energy technology. While providing testing space for CCUS is essential, a tax policy that encourages investments in technology is critical to move carbon capture solutions to commercialization. With this in mind, I would like to voice our full support for the “Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Act” (CCUS Act) to expand and extend the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credit.” – Jason Begger, Executive Director, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority


“The introduction of the Carbon Capture Act by Congressman Conaway and several of his colleagues demonstrates the growing bicameral consensus on how CCUS technologies can help us improve our economic and energy security objectives while also safeguarding the environment and mitigating the impact of CO2 emissions. CURC believes this legislation is critical to help us reach those mutual goals, while also enabling the continued utilization of our valuable coal and fossil fuel resources.” – Shannon Angielski, Executive Director, Carbon Utilization Research Council


“There is an opportunity here to make the most of bipartisan support for carbon capture technology on power plants and industrial sources.When both sides of the aisle come together, we can find solutions that work for the environment and our economy. Here is an area of consensus where we can reduce emissions and invest in energy infrastructure at the same time.” – Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)


“This jobs, infrastructure, economic development and emissions reduction legislation is smart, bipartisan energy policy that should be enacted quickly,” said Brad Crabtree, Vice President for Fossil Energy at the Great Plains Institute and co-director of the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI), the leading national coalition in support of carbon capture. “Chairman Conaway is to be commended for his leadership in promoting a fiscally responsible, performance-based policy that will drive private investment in technology that supports American energy production and job creation, while reducing emissions.” – Brad Crabtree, Vice President for Fossil Energy at the Great Plains Institute and co-director of the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI)

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