EPA regulations could mean big changes for North Dakota's lignite industry. With the possibility of limiting carbon emission for both new and old plants, the industry is looking for a solution. And that solution could be carbon capture technology.
Carbon capture and sequestration technology sounds a little a complicated. But when simplified it means removing carbon dioxide from the gas that is created when burning coal in a power plant.
That carbon can then be captured, stored under ground or used for advanced oil recovery. The only catch, is that the cost can run into the millions, and some say the technology is not financially viable, at least not for the next few years.
"The technology has a long way to go. The costs that are involved and with the future mandates coming down from the EPA. I feel that any future coal fired power plant is gonna have issues trying to be able to come up with carbon capture," says BSC NECE Professor, Howell Flowers.
Yet despite the cost, there are several small systems already in use.
"I think that in the future if you're going to continue to build coal generation, you're going to absolutely have carbon capture utilization and storage as part of that technology. If you continue to use coal we have to capture the carbon and find use for it, for oil recovery is I think the best use right now," says PSC Commissioner, Brian Kalk.
Here in North Dakota, the Dakota Gasification plant captures and sells CO2 before burning coal using a series of chemicals. The carbon is then sent through a 205-mile pipeline to Saskatchewan to be used for enhanced oil recovery in oil fields.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:57:59 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.