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The Energy & Environmental Research Center’s (EERC’s) Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnershiphas a long-standing tradition of developing key relationships with its partners and providing the highest-quality service and the most value for their investment. The 2014 PCOR Partnership Annual Membership Meeting, held in September, proved no different. More than 85 people representing 52 organizations, 14 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces traveled to Denver, Colorado, for the 2-day event, which was abuzz with lively discussions regarding CO2 storage and utilization.

The PCOR Partnership addresses CO2 management on a regional level in the upper Great Plains of North America. Through collaborative partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders, the PCOR Partnership demonstrates the value of carbon utilization and storage as a viable solution to national energy and environmental concerns.

Throughout the event, attendees heard presentations regarding recent PCOR Partnership program accomplishments and other key carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects and shared storage strategies, technologies, and regulatory developments. A roundtable discussion on the role of CCS in a dynamic (and contentious) regulatory environment featured Rob Bioletti, Alberta Department of Energy; Jason Bohrer, Lignite Energy Council; Kevin Connors, North Dakota Industrial Commission; Ken From, Petroleum Technology Research Centre; and Mike Moore, North American Carbon Capture and Storage Association, with John Harju, Associate Director for Research at the EERC as the facilitator. For a complete list of presenters, view the 2014 PCOR Partnership Annual Membership Meeting agenda.

EERC Senior Research Manager Charles Gorecki (center) presented 2014 PCOR Partnership Pioneer Awards, which honor outstanding service to CCUS and the PCOR Partnership, to Dwight Peters (left), President, Schlumberger Carbon Services, and Jim Erdle (right), Vice President/USA and Latin America, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.

Special event sponsors for the 2014 PCOR Partnership Annual Membership Meeting included Ballantyne Oil LLC, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, the North American Coal Corporation, the North Dakota Petroleum Council, Schlumberger Carbon Services, Spectra Energy, and Xcel Energy.

For more information about the PCOR Partnership or to inquire about becoming a member, contact Charles Gorecki at (701) 777-5355 or