Atlanta-based Southern Co. is one of four to be chosen to receive a Department of Energy grant to research carbon-capture systems for coal-fired power plants.
The Department of Energy will contribute $15 million to reduce the cost and improve efficiency of capturing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas produced by burning coal, at Southern Company’s Plant Barry in Alabama. Carbon capture is considered by some energy experts to be an important option for reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
Southern Company owns Georgia Power, the primary electricity provider in the state and primary owner of Plant Scherer outside Macon. Plant Scherer is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the country.