Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Southern Company Announces New Partner at National Carbon Capture Center

/PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company, the manager and operator of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Carbon Capture Center, announced today that the technology research center has added another partner, NRG Energy, Inc.

Princeton, N.J.-based NRG joins DOE and a group of leading energy companies that are working to develop and test advanced technologies to capture carbon dioxide from coal-based power plants.

The National Carbon Capture Center, located in Wilsonville, Ala., was established earlier this year to work with scientists and technology developers from government, industry and universities who are creating the next generation of enhanced carbon capture technologies.

The center will conduct testing and analyses in a power plant setting, at a size large enough to provide meaningful performance data under real operating conditions to enable scale-up of the technologies.

Other current partners include American Electric Power, Luminant, Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The center expects to add more partners as its work progresses.

"We welcome NRG to the growing partnership at the National Carbon Capture Center," said David Ratcliffe, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. "Carbon capture is an important component of the diverse portfolio of technologies our nation must pursue to meet our energy and environmental challenges. NRG's involvement strengthens our effort to develop and deploy these critical solutions."

The National Carbon Capture Center, scheduled to be fully operational in 2010, is expected to be a focal point of national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through technological innovation.

"As we look to further decarbonize our fleet and push to develop and deploy these advanced technologies on a larger scale, initiatives like the National Carbon Capture Center will bring us closer to meeting the challenges of global climate change and transitioning to an environmentally sustainable energy future," said NRG President and CEO David Crane.

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