Hoeven: Final FY19 Energy & Water Funding Bill Supports CCS Research

North Dakota is Leading the Way in Research and Development of Carbon Capture Technologies

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, today announced that he secured important support for energy research in the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate today. 

“North Dakota is leading the way in the research and development of carbon capture technologies with projects like the Project Tundra and the Allam Cycle,” said Hoeven. “As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, we secured strong support to empower energy research, so that we can continue to provide affordable and reliable energy while also improving environmental stewardship.”

Hoeven secured the following priorities in the final, conferenced version of the FY19 funding bill:

Empowering North Dakota Energy Research

  • $30 million for a new competitive grant to support the development of commercial-scale carbon capture technology to be retrofitted on an existing power plant. The next phase of Project Tundra would be eligible for funding.
  • $25 million to develop supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) technologies for coal and natural gas plants like the Allam Cycle.
  • Increased funding for DOE’s carbon capture and carbon storage research programs.
  • A provision supporting DOE’s cooperative agreements with institutions like Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks.