The quest for clean, renewable energy is one of the most important scientific challenges of our time. From vast wind farms to technology that harnesses the power of waves, there are many promising alternatives currently being researched. Until their capabilities are fully developed, however, much of the world will continue to rely on traditional fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, resulting in higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide linked with global climate change.
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is one of seven national research partnerships working to find a balance between our growing energy needs and rising climate concerns by capturing carbon dioxide created in energy production and industrial processes and storing it safely underground in natural geological formations. The MGSC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Energy Technology Laboratory via the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and by a cost share agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development, through the Illinois Clean Coal Institute.
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2016 Midwest Carbon Sequestration Science Conference
May 16–17, 2016

The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), one of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships and STEP are hosting a knowledge sharing event featuring updated research and activities at the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project (IBDP). The 2016 Midwest Carbon Sequestration Science Conference will be held May 16–17, 2016 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL.

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Dr. Robert Finley Retired on July 31, 2015
An Outgoing Message from Rob.
The injection phase of our 1-million-tonne carbon dioxide storage project at Decatur, Illinois, was completed in November 2014 under the Midwest Geological Sequestrations Consortium (MGSC). This has been an outstanding accomplishment of our financial supporters, colleagues, advisors, partners, and technical collaborators working with the MGSC. It has been a great experience to work with all of you as a final phase of my technical career. Now, however, it is time to move on, and as of July 31, 2015 I retired from the University of Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey. Sandy and I have moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where we will be closer to our daughter and her family who live in Newport News, VA.

My sincere thanks to all of you who have supported and participated in the MGSC’s research efforts since its inception in 2003. It has been a great run, and most importantly it has been an opportunity to collaborate with great colleagues and friends. The work at Decatur will continue with monitoring of the million tonne plume for the original project and the initiation of the second injection well. Sallie Greenberg will take over from me as the Principal Investigator of the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project. Thanks to these projects, and all the related efforts that have been successfully funded and carried out, our Decatur site is known worldwide for its accomplishments in pushing the science of carbon storage forward. My email will still work for quite a while, so keep in touch!

Best regards,

Dr. Sallie Greenberg

Dr. Sallie Greenberg, PhD. Appointed Principal Investigator for the MGSC
With the retirement of Dr. Robert Finley, Dr. Sallie Greenberg was appointed Principal Investigator for the MGSC on June 1, 2015. Dr. Greenberg has co-managed the IBDP for the last several years and has been intimately involved with all aspects of the large-scale demonstration project. She has over 20 years experience managing applied geology and social science research addressing energy and environmental challenges associated with fossil fuel resources. Specializing in managing scientists, data assets, science communications, stakeholder engagement, and program evaluation.

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