President Trump did not sign the Paris Agreement, but North Dakota is still working to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Instead of putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, we are now able to put it into the ground through research.
Jason Bohrer, President and CEO of Lignite Energy Council, says, “Asking us to really reduce the amounts of CO2 and it has given those companies to take a break and see what we can do to CO2 instead of just put it in the ground.”
There are now many ways to build different infrastructures that can potentially extract CO2 from the atmosphere.
Charlie Bullinger, Great River Energy, says, “If you run CO2 into the ground it enhances the oil production. So that would be the initial use. All of the elements for good and enhanced oil recovery are right here in North Dakota.”
Besides oil fields, there are multiples uses for carbon dioxide.
“After this process is completed CO2 can be converted into solid materials, that could be used for concrete, could be used for fertilizer, can be used to build roads,” says Bohrer.
You are taking a gas and then converting it into solid particles that can be used for a lot of different things.
Bullinger says, “We are also interested in technologies that occur on the tale end of a power plant that will capture.”
The goal is to make it a win for everybody to potentially reduce the carbon impact on the atmosphere, especially by not increasing power costs to consumers.
There was a meeting today with the industrial commission to pass the projects along into the next stage.