As an energy hub, the State of Texas presents an ideal site for TCEP:

  • For decades, Texas has been the oil and gas capital of the United States.
  • Texas is the nation’s wind leader, with more than 9,000 megawatts of installed capacity.
  • The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) is a national leader on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and has participated in several sequestration projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Texas has mobilized state and local forces in support of TCEP:

  • The Odessa Development Corp. provided a cash grant for TCEP to buy the 600-acre project site.
  • In its 2009 session, the Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 469 by unanimous vote in the Senate and a vote of 141-5 in the House.  The bill provides tax incentives, similar to those enacted in 2007 for FutureGen, for the first three “clean energy projects” built in Texas that achieve a minimum of 70 percent carbon capture and sequestration. The bill’s incentives also include a 30-year severance tax reduction for oil produced using man-made carbon dioxide for EOR.

In addition, HB 469 also gives responsibility (and a funding mechanism) for the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology to design the world’s first CCS programs and protocols for carbon dioxide used in EOR operations, including an entire monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) program.  This will enable Texas to create a model for the nation in the use of carbon dioxide for EOR as a recognized and qualifying form of CCS.  For these and other reasons, H.B. 469 stands as one of the most progressive carbon-related laws yet enacted anywhere in the United States.Summit has contracted with Blue Source, LLC to manage the commercial sale and CCS-related aspects of TCEP’s captured carbon dioxide.  The Blue Source website is

All of the photography used on this site (except the Siemens gasifier and the bill-signing photo above) was taken in West Texas. Several photographers in particular have taken beautiful photographs of West Texas wildlife, sunsets and skylines that we admired and were given permission to use on the website. Thanks also to the TCEP Project Team at the U.S. Department of Energy, most especially Jason Lewis, who took the photos of the project site at Penwell during a site visit in May.

If you have photographs of the area around Penwell – historical or current – that you would be willing to share, please email us.

Sunrise on the Oil Patch. Photo by Briley Mitchell

Briley Mitchell was raised in Midland in the desert region of West Texas known as the Llano Estacado. He says that photography in West Texas is a challenge if you are looking for something special but once you quit looking, the beauty of the area will find you: it is the home of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the world, the harshest land, and the friendliest people. Most photographs are straight from the camera with minimal manipulations, although some pieces have many hours and layers involved to make them unique pieces of art. Many of his photos appear on this website.

Briley has participated in numerous art shows in Texas including Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum, The Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation Thanksgiving Show in Fredericksburg, The Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie, and Celebration of The Arts and Septemberfest in Midland. He has had work displayed at the Museum of the Southwest, The Maverick Theater and Community National Bank, all in Midland. He has been published in Country Lifestyles Magazine, Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine, and the Midland Reporter Telegram.

After 43 years living in Midland, Briley recently moved to Llano, Texas, to open his own photo studio and gallery called Dust Devil Photography ( studio is located at 719 Ford St., Llano, TX, 78643, phone 325-247-5800.

Sunflower at the Odessa Crater. Photo by Briley Mitchell

Ara Gureghian is from Florida but left his day job in November 2006 to explore the country on a motorcycle with a truly loyal travel companion, Spirit, a dog who actually wears eye goggles and rides uncomplainingly in a sidecar. In the past four years, Ara has traveled the country but keeps returning to the Big Bend area and West Texas, where he takes some of the best photograph of both areas. Ara’s home now is his webpage, which we found by following the internet bread crumbs that are his gorgeous West Texas sunrises, sunsets and vast, wind-swept expanses.

Ara survives through financial contributions from his readers, and we gave him one in return for the pleasure of reproducing a few of his photos. For words of wisdom about life, food, motorcycles, nature, wide expanses, and incredibly loyal dogs – but, better yet, for some of the best photos of the most beautiful vistas in America, there’s no better place to go than Ara’s website. When we asked him for permission to use his photos, he emailed: “ I took part of a Carbon free Expedition not too long ago. All the vehicles were running on vegetable oil. Except mine, but we were invited…What you are doing is remarkable, it is very nice to meet you.” Nice to meet you too, Ara. And we hope to do so in Penwell one of these days when you ride through.

Siemens provided us with a photo of an IGCC power plant currently operating in Buggenum, Netherlands. Since its gas and steam turbines are both manufactured by Siemens, we felt it most closely represented our project in development (although Buggenum has no carbon-capture capability). As soon as engineering renderings are available from Siemens, Linde and Fluor, we will upload them to the site. In the meantime, this is the photograph from our previous website of the Buggenum facility, courtesy of Siemens Energy, Inc. © 2009.

The Texas Clean Energy Project is extremely grateful for the support of the people of West Texas, which is a dynamic and friendly part of the state where communities work together in an unprecedented manner to bring jobs and economic development to the region. We especially thank the Odessa Chamber of Commerce for all its hard work and dedication to bringing this project to Penwell.

For more information on why West Texas is a great place to do business, please visit the following websites:

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