Westar Improvements To Coal Plant Will Cut Air Emissions
Friday, August 31st, 2007
Application filed with environmental regulators regarding emission control equipment
Westar Energy, Inc. has filed an application with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to implement a comprehensive plan to improve efficiency and to install the latest equipment to reduce regulated emissions from its Jeffrey Energy Center, the largest of its 12 power stations. The project and others outlined in a proposed agreement filed today with the KDHE are designed to meet requirements of the Clean Air Visibility Rule and reduce emissions over the utilityâ€™s entire generating fleet by eliminating more than 70 percent of sulfur dioxide and reducing nitrous oxides and particulates between 50 percent and 65 percent.
â€œInstalling this equipment and the accompanying proposed agreement with KDHE are excellent examples of government and business working together to make our plants cleaner while still meeting the growing energy needs of our customers,â€ Doug Sterbenz, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said.
Westar will be investing about $465 million in environmental projects at Jeffrey Energy
Center over the next few years. Rebuilding sulfur dioxide scrubbers and installing low nitrous oxide emissions systems and precipitators that remove particulate matter on each of the plantâ€™s three units will significantly decrease emissions.
â€œWhile our plants operate within todayâ€™s rules, this project along with those included in the proposed agreement will allow us to meet the new, even tougher clean air regulations under the Clean Air Visibility Rule,â€ Bill Eastman, director, environmental services, said.
The filing with KDHE also included an application to improve Jeffrey Energy Center plant efficiency, which will increase production yet also reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced per megawatt hour of electricity generated.
â€œAs customer demand for electricity grows, we are identifying ways to meet that need with a reduced impact on the environment,â€ added Sterbenz. â€œAlong with projects such as this, we announced earlier this year, our request for proposals to add as much as 500 MW of wind resources to our generation fleet.â€
The application and proposed agreement are subject to the approval of KDHE.