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July, 2007


The FutureGen Teams from Austin, Jewett, and Odessa joined in a singular effort to finalize Texas' proposals submitted to the FutureGen Alliance on July 31.

After more than two years of intensive development the FutureGen Texas team submitted its Best and Final Offers today for both proposed Jewett and Odessa sites. The site selection announcement will be made by the FutureGen Alliance in late fall of 2007. To learn more about FutureGen Texas and the Bureau's role in developing clean coal technologies, click here. 07/31/07

Making informed choices about our energy future is not always easy, especially considering common misinformation that obscures the real issues and potential solutions. "The choice is ours: Big Oil or Chavez," an editorial by Director Scott W. Tinker from the July 28 edition of the Houston Chronicle, examines the realities and choices concerning our energy future. [article in PDF form] 07/31/07

Martin Jackson Martin Jackson and Tim Dooley appeared July 23 in Faces of Earth, a Discovery Channel series produced by the American Geological Institute (AGI) and Evergreen Films. Along with Charlie Kerans of the Department of Geological Sciences, Martin and Tim participated as advisers and preliminary interview subjects while the series was in development. They were seen in the first episode, “Building the Planet,” airing on the Science Channel July 23. Martin will discuss salt tectonics and Tim, salt modeling.

The Jackson School was one of seven sponsors of the program. As a sponsor, the school will receive an extended cut from AGI, including material from all of its participants. The school also has the right to show the series or the extended cut at public events and in classrooms.

AGI describes the program as “a 4-hour high-definition television series about the ever-changing planet we live on. The only thing constant on Earth is change, and Faces of Earth examines this phenomenon through the eyes of those that know it best—geoscientists. Explore how through time the forces of nature have continuously remade Earth—giving it many distinct faces through history and many new ones into the future. Faces of Earth is shot in stunning high definition with extensive aerials, cutting-edge animations, and engaging interviews.”

Tim DooleyEpisodes
(Consult local listings to verify times.)
Building The Planet
Monday, July 23, 9 p.m.
Shaping The Planet
Thursday, July 26, 9 p.m.
Assembling America
Thursday, August 2, 10 p.m.
The Human World
Thursday, August 9, 10 p.m.

When the DVD is available, the Jackson School will arrange a showing of the series on campus.

On July 13 through 19, Drs. Michelle Foss and Gürcan Gülen led the West Africa Regional Natural Gas Workshop in Accra, Ghana. The event was organized by the Resource Center for Energy Economics and Regulation and supported by the Nigerian National Petroleum

Company (NNPC), and Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and the Environment (KITE). The workshop welcomed delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, and Cote d'Ivoire. It is next in the series of training programs for capacity building of energy professionals and public education on energy issues in West Africa, undertaken by CEE through a Smart Development Initiative for Energy Sector Governance grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

July 2-6—Drs. Foss and Gülen led the Third Annual Natural Gas Value Chain Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria. CEE-UT collaborated with the Gas Research Group at the University of Port Harcourt to deliver this 5-day course on energy value chains. The course was attended by more than 25 industry professionals, regulators, industry representatives, and university colleagues.

The Bureau is pleased to welcome Contracts and Grants Specialist Cory B. Welch. A 2000 graduate of the University of North Texas and recipient of a Master’s in Education from Texas State University in 2006, Cory also brings 6 years’ experience from the Air Force as a Senior Research Technician. Welcome to the Bureau, Cory! 07/13/07

Bureau Director Scott Tinker was featured prominently in the television show State of Tomorrow on Texas PBS stations July 5. The 13-episode series examines some of the biggest challenges facing Texans today. The episode featuring Dr. Tinker is titled “The Future of Energy,” and delves into how we can sustain energy supplies, not only of our own country, but other countries as well. Dr. Tinker is one of the

experts across Texas who are interviewed and who are working on recovering existing oil, alternative sources (such as nuclear and solar energy), and innovations (such as cleaner-burning coal plants). 07/05/07

In late June, as final submission deadlines approached, the Department of Energy conducted public hearings at both of Texas’ proposed FutureGen sites—Odessa and Jewett. The FutureGen Texas Team, led by BEG Director Scott W. Tinker, is currently working on the Best and Final Offer to the

FutureGen Alliance, which is due to be delivered to the Alliance and DOE on August 1, 2007. Meanwhile, ongoing work at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center’s Frio test site, led by Bureau Research Scientist Sue Hovorka, continues to draw global attention. Recently noted by the DOE in its NETL Carbon Sequestration Newsletter, new work at the site seeks to determine whether previously injected carbon dioxide has been displaced. The team is working on a new project in Mississippi as part of the South East Carbon Sequestration Partnership’s Phase III program that will involve a much larger injection test of more than 1 million tons of CO2 and that is currently scheduled for startup in October 2007. 07/03/07

   

 

 
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