By Donn Dears
The motivation for building IGCC power plants was to eliminate CO2 emissions from the generation of electricity, based on the belief that CO2 emissions are causing global warming and climate change.
The original FutureGen project, proposed by President Bush, was also to be an IGCC power plant with carbon capture and sequestration, but was abandoned because of its high cost.
A natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plant only costs $1,100 per KW, while an ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant only costs $2,800 per KW. Both are far less costly than an IGCC power plant. And, both generate electricity at less cost than any wind or solar facility.