On July 14, American Electric Power (AEP) announced that they will suspend their plans to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to commercial scale in West Virginia, because of economic conditions and the uncertain status of U.S. climate policy. AEP had intended to install a commercial-scale system at its Mountaineer coal-fired power plant in New Haven, WV, with $334 million worth of funding from the Department of Energy. AEP is putting the project on hold until economic and policy conditions create a clear path. AEP finds it impossible to gain regulatory approval to recover its share of the costs for deploying the technology without federal requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions already in place. AEP was selected by the Department of Energy in 2009 to receive Clean Coal Power Initiative matching funds for installation of a commercial-scale system at the Mountaineer plant. The project was to be completed in four phases, with commercial operation beginning in 2015.