Overview: The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy plays a key role in helping the United States meet its continually growing need for secure, reasonably priced, and environmentally sound fossil energy supplies. With Fossil Energy the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management is focused on developing and demonstrating advanced power generation and carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies for existing facilities, and new fossil-fueled power plants by increasing overall system efficiencies and reducing capital costs. In the near-term, advanced technologies that increase the power generation efficiency for new plants and technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO₂) from new and existing industrial and power-producing plants are being developed. In the longer term, the goal is to increase energy plant efficiencies and reduce both the energy and capital costs of CO₂ capture and storage from new, advanced coal plants and existing plants. These activities will help allow coal to remain a strategic fuel for the nation while enhancing environmental protection.