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Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center Gets EDF Go-Ahead

Posted on April 20, 2010

The Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center, a 600 MW coal-fueled energy plant under development between Abilene and Sweetwater, Texas, U.S.A., has agreed that the plant will contain equipment designed to capture at least 85% of the carbon dioxide produced by the plant. In return, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), will withdraw from a contested case that protests Tenaska's draft air quality permits. In addition, the EDF will not seek to delay the granting of any future air quality permits required for the Energy Center and will not assist others that wish to do so.

Tenaska will also contract for delivery and sequestration of the captured carbon dioxide to third parties authorized by Texas and federal law to inject the gas into approved geologic formations. The Trailblazer plan would be among the first conventional, commercial coal-fueled power plants to capture 85 to 90% of the CO2 that would otherwise be emitted, said the company.

"The era of building traditional coal plants without carbon capture and storage is over," said Jim Marston, EDF national energy program director. "This groundbreaking agreement addresses carbon as well as water, a scarce resource in that region. Tenaska is to be commended for ending business-as-usual coal-fired power production."

“Our Trailblazer power plant represents commercial demonstration of carbon capture and storage technologies, with potential applications throughout the world,” said Dr. Greg Kunkel, Tenaska vice president of Environmental Affairs. “We are very pleased to be able to cooperate with one of the nation’s most respected environmental organizations in this groundbreaking endeavor. Because it is widely respected, EDF’s support will be valuable in bringing this project to fruition and helping demonstrate the environmental advantages of the advanced Trailblazer technology.”

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