Program Importance

The strength and security of the U.S. economy are closely linked to the availability, reliability, and cost of electric power. Economic growth is linked to reliable and affordable electric power. Electricity requirements for the United States are steadily increasing, and coal will play a significant role in satisfying U.S. energy needs. CCPI will help meet these energy electricity demands by demonstrating new generation technologies [6]. CCPI will also enable effective use of existing facilities and prepare for their retirement by demonstrating technological improvements in efficiency; advanced low-cost, high-performance emissions control technologies; and reliability at new and existing plants. CCPI is closely aligned with research, development, and demonstration activities being performed under the DOE's Coal and Power Systems core research and development programs that are working toward ultra-clean fossil-fuel-based energy systems in the twenty-first century [2,3]. CCPI technologies will address existing and new regulatory requirements and complement the goals of the FutureGen Project, which is an initiative to create the world's first coal-based, zero-emission electricity and hydrogen plant (see later discussion). CCPI will help the United States achieve improved power plant performance and near-zero emissions and is integral to achieving new plant performance targets identified in the

DOE's roadmap for existing and future energy plants [3,7,61]. Existing plant roadmap performance objectives include reducing costs for NOz and high-efficiency mercury control and achieving particulate matter targets in 2010 of 99.99% capture of 0.1- to 10-^m particulates [3]. The long-term roadmap goals are aimed at achieving near-zero emissions power and clean fuels plants with CO2 management capability. The long-term new plant performance targets are presented in Table 7-4 [3,61].

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