On April 24, Acting Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman advocated for continued research and development of carbon capture and sequestration technologies for coal-fired power plants. Speaking at the launch event for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Poneman pushed for continued funding for these technologies despite decreased consumption of coal; $6 billion has already been invested by the federal government. He warned that coal continues to provide electricity for much of the world, including the U.S. In 2011, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) found coal supplied the U.S. with 42 percent of its electricity. Poneman said carbon capture technology must be developed and made more affordable.