Subcommittee on Energy and Environment Hearing - The Department of Energy’s FutureGen Program

Subcommittee on Energy | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Apr 15, 2008 10:00am to 12:00pm

Witnesses

Panel I

Mr. Bud Albright, Under Secretary at the Department of Energy.  Under Secretary Albright will explain the process through which the Department made the decision to revise FutureGen including a discussion of the specific factors that led to the restructuring decision.  The Under Secretary will also outline the rationale for the restructured program and describe the plan for the restructured program including timelines for the proposed activities.

Panel II

Mr. Paul Thompson, Senior Vice President, Energy Services, at E.On, LLC and serves as the Chairman of the FutureGen Alliance Board.  Mr. Thompson will describe the role of the FutureGen Alliance before and after the Department’s decision to restructure the program.  He will describe the impacts the Department’s decision could have on the overall federal effort to develop and deploy carbon capture and sequestration technologies.

Mr. Ben Yamagata, Executive Director, Coal Utilization Research Council.  Mr. Yamagata will discuss the role of the FutureGen program in a comprehensive federal research and development effort to develop and deploy carbon capture and sequestration technologies.  He also will provide an assessment of the proposed restructured program’s potential to complement other federal research and development efforts on carbon capture and sequestration technologies including the Clean Coal Power Initiative.

Mr. Jeffrey N. Phillips, Program Manager, Advanced Coal Generation Electric Power Research Institute.  Mr. Phillips will discuss the suitability of the revised program to overcome technical and financial challenges with the deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies.