‘DECC Blog’ Today is a momentous day. Today is the day that clean electricity is generated on a commercial scale from a coal fired power station. I am here at the Boundary Dam coal fired power plant in Saskatchewan, Canada, witnessing the historic moment when Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, throws the switch on the technology that will capture the carbon dioxide from a generating unit at a coal fired power plant. It will capture more than 90% of the carbon dioxide that would otherwise escape to the atmosphere – demonstrating to sceptics that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can be deployed at scale. Several pilot scale capture facilities have operated in the past, but this is the first time carbon capture has operated on a commercial scale on a power station anywhere in the world. The operators of Boundary Dam, SaskPower – a Canadian power utility company – developed a viable technical, environmental and economic case for investing in the carbon capture technology to transform an aging unit in a power station to one generating clean energy.’


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