Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
March 2013

Tackling CO2 Emissions from Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants

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Tackling CO2 Emissions from Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants
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There is a pressing need for technology improvements that make it cost-effective for coal-fired power plants to capture carbon emissions. Carbon capture and storage technologies are particularly important for the fleet of existing coal-fired power plants, as energy projections suggest that these facilities will continue to provide a major portion of the nation's electric power—and the nation’s CO2 emissions—for decades to come.

This paper, the second in the "Deploying Low-Carbon Coal Technologies Series," not only looks at factors affecting domestic coal-fired generation and provides an overview of CO2 emission projections associated with the existing fleet of coal-fired power plants, but also highlights near-term policy choices.