Princeton, N.J., March 30, 2010 — The Department of Energy selected NRG Energy, to receive up to $154 million, including funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to build a post-combustion carbon capture demonstration unit at NRG’s WA Parish plant southwest of Houston.
The proposed project was submitted under the Clean Coal Power Initiative Program (CCPI), a cost-shared collaboration between the federal government and private industry to demonstrate low-emission carbon capture and storage technologies in advanced coal-based, power generation.
The goal of CCPI is to accelerate the readiness of advanced coal technologies for commercial deployment, ensuring that the U.S. has clean, reliable, and affordable electricity and power.
“The DOE recognizes the need to put a high priority on funding clean coal projects in order to substantially reduce the carbon intensity of existing fossil fueled electricity production,” said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy. “Development and deployment of these carbon capture technologies at scale, not only in the United States but also worldwide as well, is essential if we are to meet successfully the challenge of global climate change. We’re excited about working with the DOE on this important project.”
Scheduled to begin operating in 2013, NRG’s carbon capture demonstration project at WA Parish will be among the first of its kind. It will use Fluor Corporation’s advanced Econamine FG Plussm technology to process flue gas from the plant equal in quantity to that of a 60 MW unit.
It will be designed to capture 90 percent of incoming CO2, or about 400,000 metric tons of CO2 annually—a level that can further advance the technology’s viability on a larger scale. Once captured, the CO2 will be compressed and used in enhanced oilfield recovery operations.
Carbon capture technology is part of NRG’s clean energy portfolio that includes nuclear, onshore wind energy, offshore wind and solar power that will help the company meet future energy production and environmental sustainability goals.
NRG Energy, Inc., headquartered in Princeton, N.J., owns and operates power plants that provide more than 24,000 MW of generation capacity.
NRG’s retail business, Reliant Energy, serves more than 1.6 million residential, business, commercial and industrial customers in Texas.