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Clean Air

FutureGen director explains blueprint for DOE's zero-emissions coal plant

The Department of Energy is in the early stages of building a $1 billion coal-fired power plant, with a recent commitment by electric utilities and coal companies to pick up one-quarter of the project's cost. Billed as a near-zero emissions power plant that will also produce hydrogen fuel, the FutureGen plant will capture and store carbon dioxide emissions underground and is a major component of the White House's approach to climate change. Victor Der, director of the Office of Power Systems at the Energy Department, joins OnPoint to talk about the road ahead for FutureGen, battles with Congress over clean coal funding, and DOE's efforts to involve other countries involved on carbon sequestration research.