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2006-07 Seminars


Challenges in Developing Coal to SNG Gasification Projects

William Rosenberg
President, E3 Gasification LLC
Professor of Practice, EPP, Carnegie Mellon
Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

Abstract
In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Rosenberg led research at the Kennedy School to develop financial and regulatory proposals called “3Party Covenant” to accelerate the development of coal gasification plants in the U.S. . Congress enacted several of the proposals ( tax credits and federal loan guarantees) in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Mr. Rosenberg then joined a development group to build a fleet of coal/petcoke to substitute natural gas (SNG) plants in Midwest and Gulf Coast states , with SNG sold to gas distribution and electricity utilities under loan term contracts. He will address major regulatory, financing, government, fuel acquisition, technology, environmental and CO2 disposal issues in making the 3Party Covenant work in practice.