January 31, 2008 -
WASHINGTON - Upon hearing of the restructuring of the FutureGen project Senator Barrasso issued the following remarks:
“Clean coal research is critical to the future of
“We simply cannot afford these unnecessary bureaucratic delays. Funds have been appropriated, and the money must be put to work.
“We cannot afford to depress private sector interest. Public-private research and commercial deployment are the future of major projects and vital to
The Department of Energy announced it would shift its funding commitment for three-quarters of the cost to build the coal-fired, 275-megawatt FutureGen power plant in
FutureGen is proposed to test the use of coal while storing carbon dioxide and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.
At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo) pressed the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Oil and Natural Gas, Mr. James Slutz regarding private sector interests. The Committee was investigating carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and storage.