Calpine Gets Support From DOE For Baytown Carbon Capture Project

Calpine Gets Support From DOE For Baytown Carbon Capture Project - Carbon Herald

U.S. power generation company Calpine has entered a cost-sharing agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) for a full-scale carbon capture demonstration at its Baytown Energy Center near Houston.

The Baytown Decarbonization Project aims to capture 95% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from two of the three turbines at the facility, which generates electricity and steam for industrial use.

Calpine will initiate the first phase of the DOE cooperative agreement, with future phases contingent on successful completion of initial goals and finalization of subsequent plans, the company said in a statement last week.

Caleb Stephenson, Calpine’s Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations, expressed satisfaction with this milestone, emphasizing the project’s importance in advancing engineering, design, community engagement, and overall project planning.

Stephenson highlighted this step as crucial for the Baytown CCS Project and noted Calpine’s commitment to leading in carbon capture technology and energy transition.

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The partnership with the DOE is seen as vital for the decarbonization of facilities like Baytown Energy Center, which will remain integral to the nation’s energy infrastructure and industrial sector.

Besides the Baytown project, Calpine is progressing on its Sutter Decarbonization Project in California, for which they are also negotiating an agreement with OCED to further its development.

Stephenson expressed gratitude for the DOE’s support, viewing it as an endorsement of the quality and strength of Calpine’s CCS program.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology involves removing CO2 from pollution sources or the air and storing it underground, and it sometimes involves transporting CO2 via pipelines for storage or other uses.

The Biden Administration supports large-scale CCS deployment, considering it crucial for emission reduction.

While advocates see CCS as essential for emission reduction, environmentalists argue that it is not yet scalable and diverts attention from renewable energy solutions.

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