March 3, 2004

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Contact: Liz Brosius, Kansas Geological Survey, (785) 864-2063.

State energy stakeholders to discuss first zero emission electric power plant

LAWRENCE -- The U.S. Department of Energy plans to build the world's first coal-fired, zero emission electric power plant, and state energy stakeholders will meet next week in Lawrence to learn more about the $1 billion project, called FutureGen, and what it will take to bring it to Kansas.

The "FutureGen in Kansas" meeting will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas. The meeting, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the State Energy Resources Coordination Council, a 13-member group the governor has charged with studying and reporting on the state's energy situation. The council is chaired by Lee Allison, state geologist and Survey director.

"Whatever state gets the FutureGen project is going to be at the forefront of 21st-century energy production," said Allison. "This meeting is just the first step to see how much interest there is in putting together a team to bring FutureGen to Kansas."

The 275-megawatt FutureGen power plant will employ cutting-edge technology and serve as a large-scale engineering laboratory for testing new clean power, carbon dioxide capture and coal-to-hydrogen technologies.

One of the features that sets FutureGen apart from other power plants is the capability to capture carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are normally vented to the atmosphere. These emissions then will be injected deep underground into geologic reservoirs, where they will be permanently isolated, or sequestered, from the atmosphere. The power plant also will release no other pollutants to the atmosphere.

"Kansas is host to one of only three projects in the nation where greenhouse gases are currently being captured from an atmospheric vent and geologically sequestered," said Allison. "We think this technical leadership will give Kansas a tremendous advantage in competing for the FutureGen project."

The meeting will be in Hambleton Auditorium at the Survey and will begin with a series of short presentations on FutureGen, some of its technical features, what makes Kansas competitive and what other states already are doing. The second half will be devoted to an open discussion of how Kansas can compete for the project.

Additional information about the meeting, parking and how to get to the Kansas Geological Survey is available at the Kansas Energy Information Network Web site, www.kansasenergy.org/sercc.htm.

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