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American Electric Power’s Mountaineer plant in New Haven, West Virginia, on the Ohio River, is currently capturing and storing a tiny fraction–about 100,000 tons–of the carbon dioxide its 1300 megawatt plant produces, just to work the kinks out of the technology. A new $334 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will help the plant capture one point five million tons of the greenhouse gas, which it will store more than a mile underground. The funding comes from the DOE’s “Clean Coal Initiative,” and two other projects in Alabama and Texas will receive part of the $3 billion dollar pot.
(Note: See our previous story about Mountaineer’s carbon capture and storage project here.)