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  • SPE Meeting on 26 October 2020

    Challenges and Opportunities for CCUS: A California Perspective

    Prof Sally Benson

    Wednesday 28th October

     Starting at 12:30pm; meeting concludes ~1:30 pm


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    An economy-wide assessment has identified 60 Mt/yr of emissions, or 15% of overall emissions, where can play an essential role in achieving California's goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. Source-sink matching, together with technoeconomic analysis of optimal pipeline routing, shows that a combination collocated storage and storage hubs would best serve the state's needs. Despite the large potential for CCUS and seemingly attractive incentives for CCUS, interviews with prospective developers reveals that an uncertain policy environment and complex regulatory regime is limiting investment in CCUS projects. A comprehensive set of recommendations are provided for overcoming these challenges and scaling up CCUS in California.


    Sally M. Benson was the co-director of Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy until September 2020. She is a professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. Benson studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including geologic storage of CO2 deep underground and energy systems analysis for a low-carbon future.

    Before joining Stanford in 2007, Benson worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She was division director for Earth Sciences, associate laboratory director for Energy Sciences and, finally, Berkeley Lab’s deputy director.

    Benson is on the board of directors for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. She also serves on several advisory boards, including for Argonne National Laboratory, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative and the Lahore University of Management Science in Pakistan. She participated in research needs assessments related to carbon management for the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Secretary of Energy, and the National Petroleum Council.