Carbon Management

Illinois has a significant interest in managing the carbon dioxide produced from power-generation and industrial processes and understanding how carbon management activities affect the state’s environment, economy, and public health. In August 2021, Gov. Pritzker signed into law Public Act 102-0341, which calls for the Prairie Research Institute to issue a report on carbon management, including both carbon capture and carbon storage.

PRI has conducted extensive research on carbon capture, utilization, and storage and on the unique geography of Illinois, so the Institute is well positioned to compile an objective, science-based report that addresses:

  • Carbon capture, utilization, and storage current status and future storage resource potential in the State;
  • Procedures, standards, and safeguards for the storage of carbon dioxide;
  • Permitting processes and the coordination with applicable federal law or regulatory commissions, the Class VI injection well permitting process;
  • Economic impact, job creation, and job retention from carbon capture, utilization, and storage that both protects the environment and supports short-term and long-term economic growth;
  • Development of knowledge capacity of appropriate agencies and stakeholders;
  • Environmental justice and stakeholder issues to carbon capture, utilization, and storage throughout the State;
  • Leveraging federal policies and public-private for research, design, and development to the State;
  • Liability for the storage and monitoring of the carbon dioxide after the completion of a carbon capture, utilization, and storage project;
  • Acquisition, ownership, and amalgamation of pore space for carbon capture, utilization, and storage;
  • Methodologies to establish any necessary fees, costs, or offsets; and
  • Any risks to health, safety, the environment, and property uses or values.

PRI will produce a report on these issues no later than Dec. 31, 2022.

PRI’s CCUS response team

PRI’s CCUS report team is led by Sallie Greenberg, a principal scientist and associate director of the Energy & Minerals division of the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS). Other members of the CCUS study team are:

  • Trish Barker, PRI associate director for strategic communication
  • Angie Coy, PRI coordinator of stakeholder engagement
  • Kevin C OBrien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)
  • Steven Whittaker, principal research scientist and leader of the Energy & Minerals division of the Illinois State Geological Survey, vice chair of the CCUS response team
  • Richard Winkel, PRI deputy executive director

For more information

If you have questions about the Illinois carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration report, or if you would like to offer your perspective on CCUS in Illinois, please contact Trish Barker at or 217-300-2327.

You also can submit this short form if you would like to receive periodic updates on development of the CCUS report.