Law:Title 3. Oil And Gas. Subtitle D. Regulation Of Specific Businesses And Occupations from Chapter 120. Verification, Monitoring, And Certification Of Clean Energy Project (Texas)

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Chapter 120. Verification, Monitoring, And Certification Of Clean Energy Project

Chapter 120, consisting of Secs. 120.001 to 120.004, was added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1109, Sec. 3.

For another Chapter 120, consisting of Secs. 120.001 to 120.004, added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 224, Sec. 7, see Sec. 120.001 et seq., post.


Section 120.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Bureau" means the Bureau of Economic Geology of The University of Texas at Austin.

(2)  "Clean energy project" means a project to construct a coal-fueled or  petroleum coke-fueled electric generating facility, including a facility in which the fuel is gasified before combustion, that will:

(A)  have a capacity of at least 200 megawatts;

(B)  meet the emissions profile for an advanced clean energy project under Section 382.003(1-a)(B), Health and Safety Code;

(C)  capture at least 70 percent of the carbon dioxide resulting from or associated with the generation of electricity by the facility;

(D)  be capable of permanently sequestering in a geological formation the carbon dioxide captured; and

(E)  be capable of supplying the carbon dioxide captured for purposes of an enhanced oil recovery project.

(3)  "Commission" means the Railroad Commission of Texas.

(4)  "Sequester" means to inject carbon dioxide into a geological formation in a manner and under conditions that create a reasonable expectation that at least 99 percent of the carbon dioxide injected will remain sequestered from the atmosphere for at least 1,000 years.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1109, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 120.002.  Certification Of Clean Energy Project.

(a) The commission is the authority responsible for certifying whether a project has met the requirements for a clean energy project.

(b)  An entity may apply to the commission for a certification that a project operated by the entity meets the requirements for a clean energy project.  The application must be accompanied by:

(1)  a certificate from a qualified independent engineer that the project is operational and meets the standards provided by Sections 120.001(2)(A), (B), and (C); and

(2)  a fee payable to the commission.

(c)  The amount of the fee prescribed by Subsection (b)(2) is $50,000 unless the commission by rule determines that a fee in a greater amount is necessary to cover the commission's costs of processing an application.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1109, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 120.003.  Monitoring Of Sequestered Carbon Dioxide.

(a) An entity that applies to the commission under Section 120.002 for a certification that a project operated by the entity meets the requirements for a clean energy project is responsible for conducting a monitoring, measuring, and verification process that demonstrates that the project complies with the requirements of Section 490.352(b)(4), Government Code.

(b)  The entity shall contract with the bureau for the bureau to:

(1)  design initial protocols and standards for the process described by Subsection (a);

(2)  review the conduct of the process described by Subsection (a) in order to make any necessary changes in the design of the protocols and standards;

(3)  evaluate the results of the process described by Subsection (a);

(4)  provide an evaluation of the results of the process described by Subsection (a) to the commission; and

(5)  determine whether to transmit to the comptroller the verification described by Section 490.352(b)(4), Government Code.

(c)  Unless otherwise agreed by the entity and the bureau, a contract required by Subsection (b) must require the entity to compensate the bureau by paying an annual fee in accordance with the following schedule:

Year             Amount

One              $700,000

Two              $1,300,000

Three            $1,800,000

Four             $1,500,000

Five             $1,200,000

Six              $900,000

Seven            $500,000

Eight            $200,000

(d)  The first payment under Subsection (c) is due not later than 24 months before the date the entity first supplies carbon dioxide captured by the project to an enhanced oil recovery project.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1109, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 120.004.  Issuance Of Certificate Of Compliance.

(a) On verification that a project meets the requirements for certification as a clean energy project, the commission shall issue a certificate of compliance for the project to the entity operating the project and shall provide a copy of the certificate to the comptroller.

(b)  The commission may not issue a certificate of compliance for more than three clean energy projects.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1109, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.


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