CCS and Power Systems
Carbon Storage - Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships/Injection Projects
Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships - Phase II and Phase III
Performer: California Energy Commission
Project No: FC26-05NT42593
The West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB), led by the California Energy Commission, encompasses Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the Canadian province of British Columbia. WESTCARB includes more than 100 partner organizations, including state resource management and environmental protection agencies, national laboratories and research institutions, colleges and universities, conservation non-profits, oil and natural gas companies, power companies, pipeline companies, trade associations, vendors and service firms, and consultants.
The seven states in the WESTCARB region account for more than 11 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions, with the bulk of those being from California and Arizona. CO2 emissions in the region exceed 255 million metric tons of CO2 per year. The region offers significant potential for geologic storage in porous rock formations below 3,000 feet (900 meters) in depth, especially the sedimentary formations of California’s Central Valley, Arizona’s Colorado Plateau, and Washington’s Puget Trough. The oil-producing regions of Alaska and California also provide significant opportunities for utilization through CO2-enhanced oil recovery. The region also has a wealth of forests and rangelands where improved management practices could store large quantities of carbon. In addition to its technical work on geologic and terrestrial storage, the WESTCARB Partnership has an important role regionally in assisting policymakers, regulators and the public in understanding the potential of CCUS technology to address the climate change mitigation goals of the western region.