The first in-person meeting of the DOE-funded initiative illustrates growing interest in CCUS across the US Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England
After two virtual meetings (held in February and November 2021), the COVID-19 pandemic receded enough that in September 2022, the Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI) hosted its first in-person Annual Partners and Stakeholders Meeting. Since the MRCI launched amid the pandemic, being able to meet face-to-face with the groups the Initiative team has been working with for the past two years offered and an exciting change of pace and brought forth many new and exciting opportunities to grow the Initiative and further serve as that connection between all the audiences it serves.
About 175 people attended the two-day event, seeking information on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) for the 20-state MRCI region and beyond. Attendance surpassed that of any previous meeting held either virtually under the MRCI, or in-person throughout the life of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) one of the two predecessor programs of the MRCI.