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This message is to update you on the progress the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) has made on the carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) study mandated by Public Act 102-0341. 

Dr. Sallie Greenberg, a principal scientist at the Illinois State Geological Survey, leads the PRI team that will engage with stakeholders and develop this report. Other members of this team are: 

  • Dr. Steve Whittaker (vice-chair), Director of the Energy & Minerals Division of the Illinois State Geological Survey
  • Trish Barker, PRI Associate Director for Strategic Communication (contact for any CCUS study questions)
  • Angie Coy, PRI Coordinator of Stakeholder Engagement
  • Dr. Kevin OBrien, Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Illinois State Water Survey 
  • Rick Winkel, PRI Deputy Executive Director

The rough timeline for the team's activities is: 

  • October 2021-June 2022: Scoping and stakeholder engagement
  • March 2022-September 2022: Production
  • Oct. 2022-December 2022: Finalize and deliver report

Advisory Committee

As required by the Act, an advisory committee has been formed to support this study, consisting of: 

  • Illinois State Rep. Ann Williams (11th District), co-chair
  • Illinois State Rep. Tom Bennett (106th District), co-chair
  • Illinois State Sen. Craig Wilcox (32nd District)
  • Andrew Armstrong, Chief, Environmental Bureau, Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • Rob Baren, Legislative Liaison, Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Colleen Callahan, Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Adnan Khayyat, Interim Chief of HR, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Kyle Rominger, Chief, Bureau of Land, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Katherine Stonewater, Senior Advisor, Energy and Broadband, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The advisory committee met virtually on Oct. 14 and Dec. 14 and has been informed of PRI's planned timeline, scope, and stakeholder engagement process. 

Report scoping & stakeholder engagement 

The PRI team is meeting bi-weekly and has been actively scoping the content of the study, identifying any gaps or areas where additional support, research, or information will be needed, and defining the stakeholder engagement process.

PRI also plans to meet with state agencies regarding specific areas, such as IDNR on permitting and DCEO on economic impact and jobs. All state agencies represented on the advisory committee will be engaged to better understand their specific questions and challenges. 

There will be opportunities for all stakeholders to provide input through ~4-6 virtual and ~2 in-person listening sessions held from February to June of 2022. These facilitated events will invite stakeholders throughout the state to share ideas, concerns, and ask questions about CCUS. Some events will focus on a specific aspect of CCUS or a specific constituency, such as agriculture, while others will be more general.

Advisory committee co-chair Rep. Ann Williams also recommended scheduling an update about the CCUS study for members of the General Assembly, which will be scheduled in 2022. 

For more information

Updates on the CCUS study process, including scheduled stakeholder engagement events, will be shared with email subscribers and other identified stakeholders and posted on the PRI website. Individuals with specific questions can contact Trish Barker at tlbarker@illinois.edu or 217-300-2327.

 
 
 
 
 
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