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Southern Co. Gets $15M For Carbon Capture Project

The U.S. Department of Energy say the power plant will not only reuse excess heat for more power, but also reduce the volume of carbon dioxide emissions.

ATLANTA (AP) -- The federal government has awarded $15 million to the Southern Co. so it can improve the efficiency of an Alabama power plant that could eventually capture a gas blamed for global warming.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that the funding will cover part of the cost of installing a heat exchanger at Plant Barry in Alabama. The experimental plant is run by the Atlanta-based power company.

Officials say the equipment will take excess heat in exhaust gasses and use that energy to run other parts of the plant, potentially including equipment needed to capture and store carbon dioxide. The project was one four that received about $67 million in federal support.

The goal of the research is to find ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

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