Alexander Says Capitol Power Plant Legislation Serves as Role Model for Innovative Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Says Bipartisan Legislation Gives Congress a Chance to “Practice What We Preach”

Posted on June 6, 2007

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today passed legislation introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to demonstrate technologies that reduce carbon dioxide pollution at the Capitol Power Plant. “Using the Capitol Power Plant to showcase ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is a good way for Congress to practice what we preach,” Alexander said. “This bill gives us an opportunity to demonstrate how coal can continue to play a role in generating electricity as long as its emissions are capped and reduced.” Under the legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency would award a $3 million competitive grant for a two-year project to capture the carbon dioxide emitted from the plant. The Capitol Power Plant today burns coal for 48 percent of its output and is the only coal power plant in Washington, D.C. Located a few blocks from the U.S. House of Representatives office buildings and owned by Congress, the plant generates steam and chilled water to heat and cool buildings on Capitol Hill. “This bill should stimulate more innovation in clean-coal technology,” Alexander said. Alexander is a member of the EPW Committee. He is the author of the Clean Air/Climate Change Act of 2007, which would strengthen and put into law new EPA rules on sulfur, nitrogen and mercury pollutants, and establish the first-ever caps on carbon emissions from power plants. # # #