As a technology that may involve new risks, large-scale infrastructure, and significant government involvement, carbon capture and storage (CCS) faces a wide variety of deployment challenges. Because energy policy in the U.S. is negotiated at the state level, it is important to evaluate what might influence CCS related decisions in the U.S. at that level. This paper presents a detailed analysis of how deployment discussions and decisions regarding CCS are negotiated within Texas, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. These states were chosen based upon their current involvement in CCS research (high, medium, low), potential for deploying CCS (direct, indirect, or absent), and regulation (restructured, regulated). We explore nuances within the policy debates and public discourse surrounding CCS in these three states through the use of legislative and policy analysis, interviews with stakeholders, and media analysis. Using information generated from legislative dockets and state-level newspaper coverage we construct a template of CCS discussions, framing, and policy creation within each study state. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Wilson, E. J., Stephens, J. C., Rai Peterson, T., & Fischlein, M. (2009). Carbon capture and storage in context: The importance of state policy and discourse in deploying emerging energy technologies. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 1, pp. 4519–4526). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2009.02.270