American Electric Power (AEP) has launched a pilot project to capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions from its Mountaineer plant in New Haven, W.Va. “It’s a game-changing technology,” said AEP CEO Michael Morris. “It has some challenges ahead, as all new technologies do. But none of them are show-stoppers.”

The pilot is designed to capture and pump underground emissions representing about 20 megawatts of the 1,300-megawatt Mountaineer plant. AEP expects with the help of federal money to expand the project to the equivalent of about 230 megawatts. “There is lots of work to do and the new technology might not be ready for wide deployment on thousands of power plants around the world until at least 2020,” Morris said.