Farmington Daily Times
Hannah Grover, Farmington Daily TimesPublished 1:23 p.m. MT Dec. 18, 2019 | Updated 2:15 p.m. MT Dec. 18, 2019

Enchant Energy Chief Operating Officer Peter Mandelstam says the proposal for San Juan Generating Station is evolutionary, but not revolutionary.

FARMINGTON — Enchant Energy hopes to team up with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and San Juan College to study possible storage wells for carbon dioxide in the state and in San Juan County, according to Chief Operating Officer Peter Mandelstam.

This was one of the announcements Mandelstam made while updating the San Juan County Commission and the Farmington City Council about the progress Enchant Energy has made toward the end goal of keeping the San Juan Generating Station open after 2022 through a carbon capture retrofit.

Mandelstam spoke to the two governing bodies during separate meetings on Dec. 17.

These wells would be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the permanent storage of carbon dioxide in rock formations deep underground. These are known as Class VI wells.

Because the carbon dioxide is intended to be permanently stored in Class VI wells, it would not be available for Enchant Energy to sell. However, Enchant Energy can receive higher tax credits under the 45Q tax credit for permanently sequestering the carbon dioxide than it can receive if it sells the carbon dioxide.

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