Ivor O’Connor

November 11, 2008

EU energy chief backs $13 billion for carbon capture

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 4:44 pm

EU energy chief backs $13 billion for carbon capture
Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:52am EST

By Pete Harrison

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s energy chief gave his backing on Monday to a source of billions of euros of public funding for power stations to trap and bury carbon dioxide in the battle against climate change.

Is this guy accountable to anybody?

Is there some reason he can’t use wind and solar. Like in California?

Pacific Gas and Electric has entered into a contract to buy 177 megawatts of power from a solar thermal power plant that will be built by Ausra.

The power plant will be located in San Luis Obispo county in central California and provide, roughly, enough power for 60,000 homes. Ausra has filed applications to build the plant with the California Energy Commission and hopes to have the plant up and generating power in 2010.

This won’t be the last solar thermal contract PG&E will sign. PG&E says it plans to get a gigawatt worth of power from solar thermal systems in five years. Another likely partner is Brightsource Energy. The company, a reincarnation of an Israeli company, also plans on building plants in California. PG&E already has an agreement to buy 533 megawatts from Solel, which has a solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert.


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