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April 21, 2010:: In This Issue. . .

  • Summit Power Seeks Approval for IGCC Coal Plant with 90% Carbon Capture
    Pushing the envelope further on coal plants, Summit Texas Clean Energy, LLC, a unit of Summit Power based in Washington State, has submitted its application for an air quality and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). According to its application, the proposed 400 MW coal plant would be located at the former Penwell FutureGEN site in Ector County, and would utilize both Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology as well as a carbon dioxide capture and sequestration system to capture at least 90 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions. The resulting captured carbon dioxide would be sold under contract and injected underground for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). In addition to electricity and carbon dioxide, the proposed facility would also produce urea to be sold for fertilizer production. Read the full story...
  • Austin Becomes Latest to Adopt 2009 Energy Codes; SECO Considers Statewide Implementation
    The City of Austin became the latest city in Texas to adopt the 2009 International Energy and Conservation Code for all new construction. San Antonio in 2009 and Waco in 2010 were the first major cities in Texas to adopt the 2009 IECC as their base code. Austin is the third city to do so.  In the meantime, the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is considering adopting 2009 codes statewide through a rulemaking, which would essentially force other cities to adopt more energy efficient building codes in the coming years. Read the full story...
  • House Environmental Regulation Committee Members Announce Opposition to Radioactive Waste Importation
    Long-time radioactive waste critic State Representative Lon Burnam (Fort Worth) was joined by several other members of the House Environmental Regulation Committee in asking the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission to delay its proposed rule to open up Texas to imports of radioactive waste. Read the full story...

  • New Oil and Gas Development Rules Proposed
    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has proposed a new Permit by Rule (PBR) and Standard Permits for oil and gas development sites that would significantly increase paperwork and control technology on the industry, and for the first time create a minimum distance between residences and oil and gas development sites. TCEQ has invited written testimony on the proposal and opened up stakeholder meetings. The agency staff are currently planning to propose the changes to TCEQ commissioners early this summer, with an eventual adoption in late fall. Read the full story...

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