8/4/12 Herald & Review – Laura Miller took an interest as mayor of Dallas, Texas in issues related to global climate change.
9/14/12 Odessa American – Big news for not just Odessa but the rest of West Texas came from what is now an international project.
Summit Power group last week cleared another hurdle after introducing major new participants to assist with the $2.5 billion Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP), moving the project closer to construction at nearby Penwell.
The latest milestone came when a delegation from Odessa met with a delegation from China during the 12th Annual U.S. China Oil & Gas Industry Forum in San Antonio. A “memorandum of understanding” was signed by officials from Summit, Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) and the Export-Import Bank of China or Chexim.
9/12/12 Odessa American – Summit Power Group has cleared yet another hurdle after introducing major new participants that will assist with funding of the Texas Clean Energy Project, moving the project closer to construction.
On Tuesday, a delegation from Odessa met with a delegation from China during the 12th Annual U.S. China Oil & Gas Industry Forum in San Antonio and as a result, the Texas Clean Energy Project is one step closer to breaking ground in Penwell.
9/12/12 Power Engineering - Summit Power Group said two additional companies will help with financing and construction of the planned 200 MW Texas Clean Energy Project.
Sinopec Engineering Group and The Export-Import Bank of China (Chexim) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Summit for the TCEP, including a new engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Sinopec for TCEP’s gasification and chemical block.
6/08/12 energy.gov - As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to American energy, the Energy Department announced that nine universities have won awards for research projects that will continue to support innovation and development of clean coal technologies.
This announcement shows growing momentum for CCS in the U.S. For example, earlier this year, CPS Energy of San Antonio – the largest municipally owned utility in the United States – signed the first agreement in the country to purchase low-carbon power from a commercial-scale coal-based power plant with carbon capture. The Midland-Odessa- based project – the Texas Clean Energy Project – will be the cleanest coal power plant in the world when it becomes operational in 2015.
6/05/12 by San Antonio Express News – A year ago five clean energy companies, more than 200 jobs, a commitment to energy demand reduction and an investment in local education were showcased as the foundation of a new energy economy. The Texas Clean Energy Project is a part of the progress.
05/31/12 – In this Yale report author Marc Gunther asks the question, “A planned carbon capture and storage plant in West Texas is being billed as the ‘cleanest coal plant in the world.’ But can the $3 billion project help move the global power industry toward the elusive goal of low-carbon electricity, or is it just another way of perpetuating fossil fuels?”
DOE’s Charles McConnell on TCEP
U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary Charles McConnell speaks about TCEP to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s Energy Roundtable on May 15, 2012 at the University of Texas at San Antonio
On May 15, 2012, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro convened regional energy leaders to meet with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Charles McConnell, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.
In response to a question from the group, Secretary McConnell spoke of the U.S. DOE’s support for projects that feature carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) in which large volumes of carbon dioxide are captured, compressed and injected into depleted oil wells to bring up millions of barrels of oil through a process called Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Secretary McConnell specifically references the Texas Clean Energy Project as one of U.S. DOE’s leading CCUS projects.
The Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) is a 400 MW Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power/polygen project that will also produce urea for the U.S. fertilizer market and capture 90 percent of its carbon dioxide (CO2) – approximately 2.5 million tons per year – for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the West Texas Permian Basin. The U.S. DOE selected TCEP for a $450 million award as part of its Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) program. Construction is scheduled to begin in Fall 2012 in Penwell, Texas, just west of Odessa.
4/25/12 by Zero Emissions Resource Organisation – At the end of last month, America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed limits on carbon emissions from any new power plants to be built in the country. The Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP), being developed by Summit Power Group, had already worked CCS and integrated coal gasification technology into its plans before the EPA ruling hit the headlines.
3/11/12 By Earth Techling – GrandForksHerald.Com— Amidst an increasingly contentious and partisan energy debate, an unlikely coalition of utility and energy executives, state officials and labor and environmental advocates has come together in common purpose: to expand American oil production through a proven technique called carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery, or CO2-EOR.
Featured On McCuistion TV
Summit Power’s Director of Texas Projects, Laura Miller, appeared on a 2/26/2012 airing of McCuistion TV entitled “Oil, Gas, and Energy Security for America”. Watch selected clips to learn more about The Texas Clean Energy Project.
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2/02/12 By Earth Techling – In her article titled ‘Carbon Capture Takes Center Stage In 2012′, Susan Kraemer highlights the power purchase agreement between CPS Energy of San Antonio and Summit Power’s Texas Clean Energy Project as she predicts that 2012 will be the year carbon capture advances toward practical utilization.
2/02/12 By E&E TV – E&E TV’s OnPoint host Monica Trauzzi asks the Clean Air Task Force’s Conrad Schneider whether proposed NSPS rules for new coal plant construction was ‘putting the cart before the horse’. In his response, Scheider states that the three key components of CCS are ‘now’ technologies and The Texas Clean Energy Project was one of four projects he sited as implementations slated for the near future. Please visit E&E TV for the complete interview entitled ‘Clean Air Task Force’s Schneider discusses latest delay on NSPS‘.
DOE Featured Story
The Department of Energy is working with industry to keep the United States at the forefront of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies.
12/11/11 MyWestTexas.com – With its list of “t’s” to cross and “i’s” to dot dwindling, officials with Summit Power Group expect to break ground on its Texas Clean Energy Project in the coming months.
10/26/11 Houston Chronicle – The Department of Energy will emphasize funding for carbon capture, sequestration and utilization research and projects as a way to “move the needle” on climate change in the coming decade in the absence of climate legislation, a top official said.
9/28/11 OAOnline – The Department of Energy announced Tuesday that $450 million in federal funding has been approved to help build the Texas Clean Energy Project, a major hurdle in getting the project, developed by Summit Power Group, off the ground.
7/29/11 OAOnline – More than 2,000 workers will be needed during the construction phase of Summit Power’s Texas Clean Energy Project. With a housing shortage already under way due to the area’s booming oil economy, finding a place to live may be tough for workers.
7/20/11 Midland Reporter-Telegram – With purchase contracts for all three byproducts expected from its Texas Clean Energy Project being developed near Penwell, Summit Power Group moves closer to making the project a reality.related articles:OA Online
7/8/11 – NPR – Ira Flatow discusses the future of energy in San Antonio, TX on NPR’s Talk Of The Nation.
7/7/11 New West Energy – The Texas Clean Energy Project is given a positive mention in an article that casts doubts on coal energy.
CPS Energy announced 5 partnerships that will bring jobs and investment to San Antonio.
6/20/11 OA Online – The search for an electricity customer for the Summit Texas Clean Power Energy project is over.
05/24/11 – OA Online – Ector County commissioners approved the Summit Texas Clean Energy project’s 10-year tax abatement at its Monday meeting.
04/06/11 – NewsWest 9 – ODESSA–The Texas Clean Energy Project has come a long way from the day of the original announcement that West Texas would be getting a clean coal burning power plant.
03/28/11 – Midland Reporter-Telegram – Summit Power Group will look to utilize the city of Midland’s waste water to help fuel power generation at its planned Texas Clean Energy project, officials said Monday.
02/15/11 – WFAA Chanel 8 – What if every time you flipped a switch, you could help produce oil?
01/26/11 – GreenTech Blog – The largest and arguably most revolutionary carbon sequestration project is slated to break ground in Texas this fall and the Pacific Northwest has taken a leadership role in this development.
01/21/11 – Living Energy – Using integrated gasification combined-cycle technology from Siemens, the Texas Clean Energy Project, which is scheduled to begin operating by 2014, will feature a coal-based power plant boasting fewer emissions than the cleanest natural gas power plant in existence.
01/06/11 – NY Times – The Obama administration views carbon dioxide as a pollutant that warms the earth, and it imposed new regulations at the beginning of the year to beginning of the year to begin to control CO2 emissions.
12/29/10 – Texas Energy Report – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality yesterday issued an air quality permit for the planned 400-megawatt power plant in Odessa that promises to capture more than 90 percent of its carbon-dioxide emissions, which would qualify it for up to $100 million in state tax breaks.
09/01/10 – Texas Tribune – The latest incarnation of Laura Miller? Energy nerd. The muckraking reporter turned confrontational Dallas City Council member and then mayor has set her sights on bringing “cleaner” energy to Texas, and she’s found a way to get paid for it.
07/30/10 – EnergyNews24.Com – The Summit Power Group has launched a pre-construction FEED study for its Texas Clean Energy Project.
12/05/09 – Dallas Morning News – A West Texas coal gasification power plant led by former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller has won a $350 million federal grant. The coal plant was proposed by Summit Power, based in Washington state, for the former oil boomtown of Penwell, near Odessa.
09/26/09 – Midland Reporter-Telegram – Summit Power Group announced Friday it has applied for a federal grant under the Clean Coal Power Initiative Round 3 program, which had a deadline of Aug. 24, for its Texas Clean Energy Project planned for Penwell, 15 miles west of Odessa.
03/23/09 – WSJ – The federal government is once again dangling billions of dollars for “clean coal” projects, sparking a high-stakes lobbying effort among different states trying to score some of the cash for local projects.
03/23/09 – Houston Chronicle – Lawmakers from Texas are pushing the Department of Energy to use federal dollars from the economic stimulus package to propel the development of a “clean coal” power plant in west Texas.
03/14/09 – caller.com- Gasification technology, touted as a cleaner alternative for a $3 billion power plant in Corpus Christi, is the chosen method for a plant proposed in …
01/16/09 – Amarillo Globe-News- The State of Texas was the first state to consider incentives for a large scale clean coal power initiative. …
01/16/09 – Midland Reporter-Telegram- Legislation promoting the construction of a clean coal power generation plant near Odessa was filed in the state Senate Thursday, and if passed throug…
01/15/09 – ConnectAmarillo.Com- State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) today filed Senate Bill 483 to promote the construction of large-scale clean coal power generation facilities c…
07/28/08 – Forbes- “It could be a landmark event; if it’s just a disaster, it could be my epitaph,” laughs Donald P. Hodel. He’s referring to his $2.8 billion …