There are at least 15 clean coal technologies being used today in the American coal fleet. By 2015, more than 90 percent of the U.S. coal-fueled electric generating capacity will have installed clean coal technologies and other advanced emission controls. By 2018, the coal industry is expected to have invested more than $126 billion by 2018 to use coal more cleanly and efficiently than ever before.
Advancements are happening each and every day in the coal industry, as power plants work to develop and deploy high-efficiency, low-emission technologies, all while remaining cost-efficient to keep rates low for consumers. Our nation’s most advanced coal power plants include the following:
- John W. Turk Plant Southwestern Electric Power Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, is currently operating a 609 MW “ultra-supercritical” power unit – the first plant of its kind in the U.S. The advanced ultra-supercritical steam generation uses a coal combustion technology that enables the plant to produce the same amount of energy but use less coal and release fewer emissions than a traditional combustion coal-fired power plant.
- Kemper County Mississippi Power Company, a subsidiary of The Southern Company, is currently constructing a 582 MW IGCC power plant in Kemper County, Mississippi. Southern received $270 million of Department of Energy support through the Clean Coal Power Initiative to build an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle plant to capture and stores carbon dioxide. The captured carbon dioxide will be used in an Enhanced Oil Recovery operation.The plant is scheduled to be operational in early 2016.