Publications and Press Releases

New Study Released: Preliminary Evaluation of Offshore Transport and Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide (October 2013)

Released: 10/24/2013

On October 24, 2013, the Southern States Energy Board and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission jointly released a report entitled Preliminary Evaluation of Offshore Transport and Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide. The report explores geological and technical topics that should be considered in developing and applying a robust legal and regulatory framework that will facilitate the design and deployment of successful offshore CO2 storage projects. The report has been prepared to inform and assist policymakers and regulators who will authorize and regulate potential offshore projects, operators who will design and implement potential projects, and the wide range of stakeholders with interest in these projects. This work is supported within the SECARB program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and cost-sharing partners.

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The 2012 U.S. Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas, Fourth Edition Released

Released: 12/19/2012

On December 19, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Fourth Edition of The U.S. 2012 Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas. The document provides an update of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage potential across the majority of the United States and portions of Canada. The National Energy Technology Laboratory updates the Atlas every two years in collaboration with the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs).

Download: The U.S. 2012 Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas, Fourth Edition »


CO2 Injection Begins at SECARB Anthropogenic Test

Press Release: 8/22/2012

The Southern States Energy Board and SECARB Partners are proud to report that CO2 injection is underway at the Anthropogenic Test site in Southwest Alabama. This accomplishment marks another significant milestone for the team as it establishes the world’s first fully integrated project involving CO2 capture of anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 from a coal-fired power plant, transportation via a dedicated pipeline, and geologic storage. Injection operations began on Monday morning, August 20, 2012. According to a Techline issued by the U.S. Department of Energy earlier today, the project “will help demonstrate the feasibility of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), considered by most energy experts as an important option for meeting the challenge of helping to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions linked to potential climate change.”

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NETL Releases The North American Carbon Storage Atlas 2012

Press Release: 05/02/2012

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER), and the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) are proud to release the North American Carbon Storage Atlas (NACSA), which was produced under the leadership of the North American Carbon Atlas Partnership (NACAP). This Atlas provides a coordinated overview of carbon capture and storage (CCS) potential across Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The primary purpose of the Atlas is to show the location of large stationary carbon dioxide (CO2) emission sources and the locations and storage potential of various geological storage sites. This Atlas is a first attempt at providing a high-level overview of the potential for large-scale carbon storage in North America. As each country makes progress in the dynamic technology of CCS, additional resources will become available that allow for a more thorough effort to identify large stationary CO2 emission sources and potential storage sites.

Download: The North American Carbon Storage Atlas, First Edition »


Do you “Like” SECARB?

Press Release: 9/8/2011

Would you like to hear from us more often? If so, then we hope you will visit our new Facebook page and officially “like” us to follow partnership activities, view photographs from our field projects, learn about upcoming conferences, and get the latest news on CCS projects in the United States and around the globe.

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Register Now for the SSEB’s 51st Annual Meeting

Press Release: 9/8/2011

The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) will celebrate its 51st year during its Annual Meeting in Richmond, Virginia, on October 15-17, 2011. Online registration and sponsorship opportunities are available. Read more by downloading the Press Release.

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CCS Legislative and Regulatory Studies Released

Press Release: 8/8/2011

The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) released two new legislative and regulatory studies. Read more by downloading the Press Release.

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Carbon Capture and Sequestration Legislation in the United States of America »
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Recent and Pending EPA Regulations Under the Clean Air Act »


NETL Holds Public CCS Meeting

Press Release: 8/8/2011

Updated Agenda Released Since Original Posting!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the upcoming Carbon Storage Program Infrastructure Meeting hosted by NETL on November 15-17, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This event began as an Annual Review Meeting for the seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships but has recently expanded to showcase the Infrastructure Element of DOE’s Carbon Sequestration Program. Read more by downloading the Press Release.

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RECS 2011 Participants Visit SECARB Anthropogenic Test

Press Release: 6/15/2011

Participants of Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) 2011 toured several components of the SECARB Phase III Anthropogenic Test last Friday. Read more by downloading the Press Release.

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RECS Website for a video of interviews of students and faculty and a brief overview of the program (update 8/8/11)»


Plant Barry is Capturing Carbon Dioxide

Press Release: 6/15/2011

Southern Company announced yesterday that its capture facility at Plant Barry, a coal fired power plant owned by Alabama Power, is operating and capturing carbon dioxide. Read more by downloading the Press Release.

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New SECARB Website

Press Release: 6/15/2011

The Southern States Energy Board is pleased to announce the launch of the new SECARB website. Visit us at www.secarbon.org to learn more about the successful three-phase program, become a member, access current fact sheets and publications, view recent press releases, and plan for upcoming meetings.

Additional upgrades are underway to recognize the SECARB Research Team and partners. A file sharing hub will be available in the near future as well. Check back often to discover new additions to the site!

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IOGCC/SSEB Task Force Reports the Need for National CO2 Pipeline Infrastructure

Press Release: 1/31/2011

A SECARB Pipeline Transportation Task Force released its final report, A Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Evaluation of the Feasibility of a National Pipeline Infrastructure for the Transport and Storage of Carbon Dioxide. In this report, the Task Force examines the legal and regulatory environment surrounding CO2 pipelines and transport.

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Southern Company Construction Update: CO2 Capture Unit at Plant Barry is on Schedule

Press Release: 12/13/2010

On December 13, 2010, Southern Company issued “CCS News,” a newsletter which provides an update on the construction of a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture unit under construction at Alabama Power’s Plant Barry. CO2 captured at Plant Barry will be utilized to conduct the SECARB Phase III Anthropogenic Test.

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Carbon Atlas of the United States and Canada, Third Edition Released

Press Release: 12/2/2010

On December 1, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Third Edition of the Carbon Sequestration Atlas of the United States and Canada. The document provides an update of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage potential across the majority of the United States and portions of Canada. The National Energy Technology Laboratory updates the Atlas every two years in collaboration with the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs).

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SSEB Energy and Environment Legislative Digest 2010

Publication: 9/2010

The legislative digest is an annual synopsis compilation of representative energy and environmental quality legislation enacted by Southern States Energy Board member jurisdictions. This edition summarizes the laws from the 2009 legislative sessions and includes an introduction by Rocky Adkins, Representative of Kentucky and SSEB Vice-Chairman.

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CO2 Injection Begins at the SECARB Phase II Black Warrior Basin Coal Seam Project

Press Release: 6/16/2010

The Southern States Energy Board and its SECARB partners are pleased to announce that the Phase II Black Warrior Basin Coal Seam Project is underway. On June 15, 2010, Jack Pashin, Ph.D. of the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) reported that carbon dioxide (CO2) injection, storage, and monitoring activities began at the field test site located near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is the fourth and final field test to be conducted under the SECARB Phase II Program.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for CO2 Capture Unit

Press Release: 4/20/2010

On April 14, 2010, Alabama Power hosted a Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Groundbreaking Celebration at the James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant in Bucks, Alabama. During the ceremony, Alabama Power, Southern Company, and its partners broke ground for a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture unit that will be added to Plant Barry as part of an integrated CO2 capture, transportation, and geologic storage project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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SECARB and Partners Host AAPG Annual Conference Tour

Press Release: 4/20/2010

On April 14, 2010, Alabama Power hosted a Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Groundbreaking Celebration at the James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant in Bucks, Alabama. During the ceremony, Alabama Power, Southern Company, and its partners broke ground for a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture unit that will be added to Plant Barry as part of an integrated CO2 capture, transportation, and geologic storage project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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SECARB Team Announces Significant Advances in Carbon Capture, Transportation, and Storage Projects

Press Release: 4/8/2010

Today, the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) team announced significant advances in the commercialization of integrated carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, transportation, and storage technologies. The announcement occurred during the United States Energy Association (USEA) briefing on “Evaluating CO2 Storage Options in the Southeast Region” as part of its Carbon Capture and Sequestration Briefing Series in Washington, DC.

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SECARB 5th Annual Stakeholders’ Briefing: Presentations Are Online

Press Release: 3/12/2010

The Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) held its Fifth Annual Stakeholders’ Briefing in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 9-10, 2010. We are pleased to announce that most of the presentations have been approved and are available online.

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SECARB Phase III Early Test Receives Recognition for Furthering CCS Technology and Meeting G-8 Goals for Deployment

Press Release: 11/5/2009

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Techline recognizing the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership’s (SECARB) Phase III Early Test for furthering carbon dioxide capture (CO2) and storage (CCS) technology and meeting G-8 goals for deployment of 20 similar projects by 2010. The Early Test is the 5th project worldwide to reach the CO2 injection volume of one million tonnes and the first in the United States.

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Digest of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives in the South

Publication: 8/2009

Compiled by the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) at the request of the Southern Governors’ Association’s 2008‐09 Chairman, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, this compendium provides a summary of the climate change and energy policy initiatives currently underway in the 16 states and two territories represented by the member states of these organizations.

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May 21, 2009

Press Release: 5/21/2009

On May 21, 2009, Southern Company issued a press release identifying the future site of the SECARB Phase III Anthropogenic Test and details regarding the integrated carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, transportation and injection project design. The CO2 will be captured (through a component paid for under separate funding) at Alabama Power Company’s Plant Barry, located in Bucks, Alabama. The SECARB research team will transport the CO2 by pipeline approximately 10 miles and inject it into a saline geologic formation accessed from an area of the Citronelle Oil Field operated by Denbury Resources. Please visit the Southern Company website (link below) for the complete announcement.

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November 2008 Newsletter

Publication: 11/2008

The SECARB newsletter provides a current report of activities at the Phase II and Phase III field test sites.

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Carbon Capture and Storage

Video: 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy is researching the safe implementation of a technology called carbon sequestration, also known as carbon capture and storage, or CCS. Based on an oilfield practice, this approach stores carbon dioxide, or CO2 generated from human activities for millennia as a means to mitigate global climate change. In 2003, the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory formed seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships to assess geologic formations suitable for storage and to determine the best approaches to implement carbon sequestration in each region. This video describes the work of these partnerships.

Video: Video from the DOE/NETL website