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Carbon Utilization Storage Partnership (CUSP) of the Western United States
CUSP is a Department of Energy-funded Regional Initiative established to accelerate onshore CCUS technology deployment in the Western Region of the United States. The CUSP project is a research consortium of all or parts of 13 states, consisting of organizations throughout the western United States including academia, government agencies, national laboratories, and industry.
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CUSP West: Harnessing CCUS for a Greener World

Welcome to the Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership (CUSP) West!

We are a dynamic initiative, generously funded by the Department of Energy, with a clear mission: to accelerate the implementation of onshore Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) technologies in the Western Region of the United States.

Through collaborative efforts, CUSP harnesses the collective expertise and resources of its diverse members to drive research, development, and implementation of CO2 utilization technologies. By fostering collaboration between academia, government entities, national laboratories, and industry partners, CUSP aims to unlock the potential of CO2 as well as permanently store it in the subsurface. This multi-faceted approach not only contributes to reducing CO2 emissions but also fosters economic growth and technological innovation in the Western Region. We are actively working towards our vision of reaching net-zero emissions.

Learn more about what we do!

What is CUSP West?
What is a CO2 Injection Well?
CarbonSAFE Initiative
Annual Meeting 2023
Focused Projects

Significance of CCUS to CUSP’s Mission

While the primary focus of CCS/CCUS is capturing and securely storing anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, CUSP recognizes the importance of CO2 utilization as a complementary approach. In addition to storing CO2 in saline formations in the subsurface, CO2 utilization entails converting CO2 emissions into useful resources, thereby providing economic and environmental benefits.

At CUSP West, we believe in the potential of CCUS to drive sustainable change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and pave the way towards a more sustainable future for our communities and our planet. Join us in our journey to make a positive impact on the environment and create a thriving, net-zero carbon future.


NETL’s Newsletter – August 2023
United States Energy Association (USEA)’s Newsletter – May 2023
Western U.S. CCUS News
Quarterly Webinar Series 

The NETL newsletter is released every month with updates on developments in carbon capture and storage. Check out October 2023’s edition!

The May 2023 Newsletter of the United States Energy Association (USEA) has been published. To access past newsletters or subscribe for future newsletters visit:

Stay informed of the latest developments in Western CCUS news, encompassing the collective efforts of each participating state. Discover in-depth insights into the sustainability initiatives undertaken by these states as they strive towards creating a greener and safer world.

The CUSP Quarterly Webinars delve into the intricacies of 45Q tax credits and provide valuable guidance on securing CUSP’s assistance for the development of CCUS projects in the western United States. The webinars offer a comprehensive Carbon Management Overview, delivering up-to-date insights on Federal, State, and Regional policy updates pertaining to CCUS. To gain a deeper understanding of these topics, we encourage you to access the complete webinar series available on the dedicated Webinar page.