Thursday, January 5, 2012

Case Study: Public Engagement at Tenaska's Trailblazer Project

"The Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center is a cutting-edge coal-fueled electric generating plant currently under development near Sweetwater,Texas. It is among the first such plants in the USA to include commercial-scale post-combustion carbon capture equipment in its design and will be among the cleanest coal-fueled power plants in the USA. Over the past three years, the development team of the Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center has involved the local community in the projects development to gain support for this ground-breaking project at the local, state and Federal level."  This project is being conducted by Tenaska, Inc. and the Global CCS Institute.

As its website notes, the Global CCS Institute "works collaboratively to build and share the expertise necessary to ensure that carbon capture and storage (CCS) can make a significant impact on reducing the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Announced by the Australian Government in September 2008, the Global CCS Institute was formally launched in April 2009. It became a legal entity in June 2009 when it was incorporated under the Australian Corporations Act 2001 as a public company and began operating independently as of July 2009. The Institute is a not-for-profit entity, limited by guarantee, and owned by its Members, with the Australian Government initially committing AU$100 million annual funding to the organisation for a four year period."

Read more about the public consultation for this project and download the public engagement report
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