Electric Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), was honored for leadership in deploying advanced technologies that deliver ultra-low emissions as part of Peabody Energy’s inaugural Advanced Energy for Life “Clean Coal Awards.” Presented at the POWER-GEN International Awards Banquet in Orlando, Fla., the honors recognize the best environmental performance achieved among U.S. coal power plants in 2013 based on key emission rates.
Award recipients include:
· Dynegy Inc., which operates the Coffeen Plant in Montgomery County, Ill., a 40-year-old 915 megawatt power plant that has the lowest sulfur dioxide emissions rate among U.S. coal plants, which is 99 percent lower than the U.S. coal plant average. Dynegy also uses low-sulfur Powder River Basin coal.
· Southwestern Electric Power Company, a unit of AEP, which operates the John W. Turk Jr. plant in Fulton, Ark., a 600 megawatt ultra-supercritical power plant built in 2012. John W. Turk Jr. is the most efficient coal plant in the U.S. The plant’s heat rate was 16 percent better than the United States coal fleet average this past year.
The term “clean coal” was defined by the U.S. Congress nearly a quarter century ago. Clean coal technologies include high-efficiency supercritical and ultra-supercritical generation as well as the collection of today’s advanced coal technologies that minimize sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and mercury.
Coal fuels more than 40 percent of U.S. electricity, more than any other fuel. It is the world’s fastest-growing major fuel source, set to surpass oil as the world’s largest global energy source in coming years.
The Advanced Energy for Life “Clean Coal” awards will be expanded to include the global coal fleet in 2015.
Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal solutions.