2013 CO2 Emissions Up

The Energy Information Administration released a snapshot January 13 projecting that CO2 emissions from energy consumption will be two percent higher in 2013 than in 2012, primarily due to an increased coal use. Despite the increase, 2013 CO2 emissions were ten percent below 2005 levels, and are expected to remain stable through 2015.

FutureGen Approved

The Department of Energy issued a final approval January 13 of a $1.65 billion FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture project that would refit a coal-fired power plant in Illinois. After project planners addressed Environmental Protection Agency concerns, the agency is providing $1 billion to the project, with remaining costs covered by the FutureGen Alliance.

$70 Million for Power Electronics Hub

President Obama and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced January 15 that North Carolina State University will lead a new Department of Energy Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The effort, supported by $70 million in matched-agency funding over the next five years includes more than a dozen company partners as well as several universities and federal research laboratories.