May 1st, 2009
06:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Capitol revamps energy supply

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="What do you think of the two senators who represent your state?"](CNN) - The Capitol is revamping its energy supply.

The Capitol power plant will use natural gas as the primary fuel source for steam used at the compound to heat buildings and water, terminating its coal usage unless needed for emergency backup, according to a statement released by Democratic leaders of the House and Senate Friday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claim the switch will improve DC air quality and reduce Congress's carbon pollution impact, serving as an example for cleaner fuel usage across the United States.

"The Congress of the United States should not only be a model for the nation, but also a good neighbor," said Pelosi. Senate Majority Leader Reid echoed the speaker's statement saying the "switch to cleaner burning natural gas shows that the House and Senate are leading by example in reducing our emissions."

The Capitol architect in charge of the switch cited that the complex will revert back to coal usage in "abnormally cold conditions" or in the case of equipment outages.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. mark

    Sorry, but i can't afford to pay higher energy cost.....

    Thanks but no Thanks

    Cap and Trade

    May 1, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. annie for Palin

    or in case bo keeps turning the thermostat up to 85 degrees.

    May 1, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    It's 2009 and Capitol Hill is just now converting to cleaner burning NatGas?
    Things move slowly in the government but this time around our House and Senate should be ashamed of themselves, not crowing like they did something great. They are 20 years behind times for cryin' out loud. Absurd....

    May 1, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Alex

    They should go one step further and take fossil fuels out of the process entirely! For the Capitol, the White House, and other government facilities (The Pentagon perhaps?) to go totally green would be a great long term investment and sign of leadership. A competitive project integrating many cleaner technologies: solar, wind, water, geothermal, etc. could offer the opportunity for innovation and help pave the way for these technologies to be adopted for broad consumer and business use.

    May 1, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. terry maineiac

    there should be a similar mandate for every government building.
    they should switch to renewable energy sources; in particular solar.
    every goverment building should have solar power connected to the power grids, when they arent using they are generating power.
    They should also have solar hot water arrays.

    Not only goverment bust also all office buildings should have solar electric arrays on every roof top over 10 stories.

    Consider how much energy we could generate and how many barrels of oil we would save, No more drill baby drill.

    May 1, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. Don

    The best way for this congress to reduce it's carbon footprint would be to simply disapear

    May 1, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    Both the senators of VA. are lap dogs for #44 and have the same amount of experiences at TOTUS and that’s zero.

    May 1, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Dem in AZ

    This is great! This will show the repuds the future is here. Old out,the New here

    May 1, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Proud DHS radical

    They must have ran a gas pipe line from the Capital building to the power plant.

    May 1, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. amt, CA

    Senators Barbara Boxer & Dianne Feinstein are my two senators & I like them just fine. Especially Boxer fought real hard to get the stimulus past I give them both "A"

    May 1, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Pat Omaha, NE

    Try some other renewable sources as well!

    May 1, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Katie B in Clayton NC

    It's about time!

    May 1, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |