The Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI) is a broad coalition of partners from research, academia, industry, NGOs, and the US government dedicated to the study, acceleration, acceptance and deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage in the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
Some project facts include:
- The Initiative study area stretches across the Midwest – as far west as Iowa and as far north as Wisconsin, across the Mid-Atlantic region, including Kentucky and the DelMarVa peninsula and through the entirety of New England. The 20-state region includes more than one-third of the nation’s CO2 point sources accounting for 945 million metric tons of CO2. The majority of these sources are from power plants.
- The region covers multiple storage complexes and plays, including the Michigan Basin, Illinois Basin, Appalachian Basin, Atlantic Coast, and Off-shore. The geology is diverse, offering numerous storage systems.
- The region has hosted more than a dozen pilot and/or full-scale CCUS projects under previous programs, which provides a solid foundation for future work.