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NRG embracing new technology to reduce CO2 emissions at its coal-fired W.A. Parish facility near Sugar Land


Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Power plant operator NRG Energy plans to use a new technology to cut more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually from its W.A. Parish power plant near Sugar Land.

The process, developed by New Hampshire-based Powerspan, won't be fully operational until about 2012, and it will only cut a portion of the mostly coal-fired power plant's annual CO2 output of about 20 million tons.

But it is still expected to be the largest CO2 reduction project of its kind and could be a step forward in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"NRG believes climate change is real, and we believe it's the responsibility of the power industry to solve our part of the contribution to it," said Thad Hill, president of NRG Texas. "Coal is our most abundant energy resource, and there's no way for the U.S. to get anywhere near energy independence without finding an acceptable way to use coal."

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