NPPD Part of DOE Carbon Dioxide Study

COLUMBUS – The Nebraska Public Power District is taking another step forward in the carbon world with a second Department of Energy study.

This initiative has a goal of developing an integrated carbon dioxide collection, transportation, and storage infrastructure in the Midwest for ethanol facilities and nearby power plants. NPPD has agreed to be part of the Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) Phase II study, called Integrated Mid-Continent Stacked Carbon Storage Hub.

The study will look at safely, permanently, and economically storing commercial-scale quantities of carbon dioxide, and is expected to take two years to complete. DOE has awarded $13.6 million for the project with NPPD’s share being $750,000 of in-kind support.

“By being part of Phase II, this continues NPPD’s interest in carbon capture from power plants as well as determining the safest way to transport, store and manage CO2,” said NPPD Generation Strategies Manager John Swanson.

Phase II of CarbonSAFE will focus on sites in Kearney County, Kansas and Red Willow County, Nebraska, which have high potential for commercial scale carbon dioxide storage. It will also find and validate what a carbon dioxide pipeline would look like, with one potential corridor running across Nebraska from Blair to Hitchcock County.