Data Analysis for Clean Coal Smoke Screen

Utilities talk clean coal but, in reality, they spend few dollars on it.

These charts accompany a column from Dan Weiss, Nick Kong, Sam Schiller, and Alexandra Kougentakis entitled, "The Clean Coal Smoke Screen." The article examines the discrepancy between the clean coal rhetoric of utility companies, and their paltry investment in clean coal technology.

Chart 1: CCS Projects of ACCCE Members

Name of Project ACCCE members Location Est. Total Project Cost (millions) Private Funding (millions) DOE Funding (millions) Notes
Plains CO2 Reduction Project ACCCE, Ameren Corporation, Basin Electric Power Cooperative North Dakota (Amerada Hess oil field in western North Dakota) , South Dakota, Alberta Canada $161.6 $78.7 $82.9  
Big Sky Regional Carbon Sequestration Parnership CONSOL Energy Inc. Library, Pennsylvania $13.3 $4.3 $9.0  
Dakota Gasification Project Basin Electric Power Coop North Dakota & Weyburn Saskatchewan $3.2 $2.2 $1.0  
Antelope Valley Station Basin Electric Power Coop North Dakota & Weyburn Saskatchewan $300.0     Cost is for FY2011; as of November 2008, federal loan application is still pending.
Plant Daniel- Coal Seam Southern Company Escatawpa, Mississippi $5.0 $0.3 $4.8 Listed funding shares are based on average reported levels.
Phase III Early and Anthropogenic C02 Injection Field Tests Southern Company Tuscaloosa, Alabama  $93.7 $28.7 $64.9 Projected to begin in FY ’09
Edmonds Port Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Duke Energy Corporation Edwardsport, Indiana $2,350.0 $1,890.0 $460.0 DOE funding is through local, state and federal tax incentives
Cincinnati Arch Geologic Test Duke Energy Corporation Rabbit Hash, Kentucky $23.7 $6.3 $17.5  
Mountineer Plant American Electric Power New Haven, West Virginia $275.0 $225.0 $50.0 Total project cost is based on average reported levels; $225 to $300 million will be spent for additional equipment for the test.
RE Berger Plant First Energy Shadyside, Ohio $18.1 $3.7 $14.3  
Mississippi Power IGCC Plant Mississippi Power (Southern Company Subsidiary) Kemper, Mississippi $2,200.0 $1,100.0 $1,100.0 Other private funding from Kellog, Brown, and Root. Applications for over half of government funding still pending; money spent beginning 2009.
Central Appalachian Coal Seam CONSOL Energy Fayette, McDowell, Raleigh and Wyoming Counties in West Virginia $2.7 $0.5 $2.2 Non-DOE spending is provided by total of 18 industrial partners.
Gulf Coast Stacked Storage Project Southern Company Cranfield Oil Field, Natchez, Mississippi $7.8 $3.2 $4.6 Non-DOE spending is provided by 15 industrial partners and the University of Texas.
Black Warrior Basin Coal Seam Project Southern Company Tuscaloosa, Alabama $2.4 $0.5 $1.9 Non-DOE spending is provided by total of 5 industrial partners.
Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization Arch Coal, Ameren, Peabody Energy Washington University, Missouri $12.0 $12.0   Announced on December 2. Money paid over five years, proposals accepted starting January 2009.
Michigan Basin Geologic Test DTE Energy Otsego County, Michigan $23.7 $6.3 &17.5  
MRCSP Phase III Large Scale Geologic Injection Test Duke Energy Edwardsport, Indiana $93.0 $32.0 $61.0  
Williston Basin Demonstration Basin Electric Power Coop Williston Basin, North Dakota $101.2 $64.3 $36.9  
TOTAL     $5,686.6 $3,458.1 $1,928.4  

Chart 2: Profits of ACCCE Member Companies (2007)

Company 2007 Profit in millions
Alabama Power see Southern Company
ALCOA $2,564
Allegheny Energy, Inc. $412
Alliance Coal, LLC $170
AMEREN Corporation $618
American Electric Power $1,089
Arch Coal, Inc. $175
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation  $463
Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. $21
Basin Electric Power Cooperative $71
Berwind Natural Resources Corporation  
BHP Billiton $13,700
BNSF Railway $1,829
Buckeye Industrial Mining Co. -$205
Buckeye Power, Inc.  
Bucyrus International, Inc. $94
Caterpillar Incorporated $3,541
CONSOL Energy Inc. $268
Consumers Energy $215
CSX Corp. $1,336
Drummond Company, Incorporated  
DTE Energy (Detroit Edison) $971
Duke Energy Corporation $1,500
E.ON U.S. $7,724
Express Marine, Incorporated  
First Energy Corporation $1,309
Foundation Coal Corp. $33
Freightcar America, Inc. $27
General Electric Capital Corporation $9,815
Jennmar Corporation  
Joy Global Mining $280
Midwest Generation $1,098
Mirant Corporation $1,995
Murray Energy Corporation  
Natural Resource Partners L.P. $103
Norfolk Southern Co. $1,464
OG&E Energy Corp. $244
Oglethorpe Power Corporation $19
Ohio Coal Association  
Peabody Energy Corp. $264
Progress Energy, Incorporated $504
Seminole Electric Cooperative  $11
SEP Corporation (Sunflower Electric) $16
Southern Company $1,734
Tri-state Generation & Transmission Assn. Inc. $103
Union Pacific Railroad $1,855
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative $20
Western Fuels Association -$1
Total $57,448


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