MORGANTOWN (AP) — Researchers and utilities say the capture and sequestration of carbon emissions is technologically feasible but not economically viable.
At an energy forum in Morgantown, West Virginia University geology professor Tim Carr said storing pollution underground is possible for large, stationary sources. But it raises the cost of producing electricity 75 percent.
Carr says no one should expect widespread deployment without investment and support by the federal government.
Consol Energy CEO Brett Harvey says the U.S. should look to China. There, industry is using it on big projects, but the government has taken on the liability.
American Electric Power vice president Mark McCollough says retrofitting existing plants would be too expensive and burdensome. He says nearly a third of the plant’s energy output would have to be devoted to the process.