OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska’s largest electric utility will participate in a federal study to develop safe methods to collect and store carbon produced by coal-fired power plants and ethanol plants.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska Public Power District will work on a two-year U.S. Department of Energy study testing the viability of creating regional storage hubs for captured carbon. The utility says the study will cost its ratepayers about $750,000 in in-kind work but will unlock more than $13 million in federal funds.
Carbon capture refers to the process of pulling carbon dioxide from the smokestacks and emissions of factories and other industrial sites. Federal officials are interested in the carbon to extend the use of fossil fuels while keeping damaging byproducts from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change.