Building novel storage projects on brownfields

A project led by Midwestern utility Alliant Energy shows the good and bad of developing climatetech projects on used coal sites.

December 13, 2023
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The Latitude podcast from Latitude Media

Transmission backlogs. Land constraints. Local pushback. They’re all causing headaches for developers of wind, solar, and battery projects.

And that’s making brownfields more attractive for renewables — and a range of novel, industrial-scale storage and carbon-removal projects.

An Italian company is planning a compressed carbon dioxide storage project on the site of an old coal plant in the Midwest. It’s a first-of-a-kind. And it may offer a pathway for the hundreds of gigawatts of long-duration storage that are needed to hit net-zero emissions.

In this episode of The Latitude, editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from contributor Emma Foehringer Merchant on the surge of interest in old industrial sites to host frontier climatetech projects like long-duration storage.

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