Beckjord Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Walter C. Beckjord Generating Station is a retired coal-fired power station owned by Duke Energy near New Richmond, Ohio.

On July 15, 2011, Duke said it expects to retire all six coal-fired generation units at its Beckjord Generating Station by June 1, 2015, due to the proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule, which will be finalised in November 2011, and will require coal-fired plants to reduce emissions of particular toxic air pollutants. The company said it plans to meet demand by buying electricity on the competitive wholesale market or by constructing or acquiring natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating assets.[1]

Beckjord unit 1 was retired in 2012; units 2 and 3 in 2013; and units 4-6 in 2014.[2]

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company
  • Parent Company: Duke Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,221 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 115 MW (1952), 113 MW (1953), 125 MW (1954), 163 MW (1958), 245 MW (1962), 461 MW (1969)
  • Location: 757 Old U.S. Route 52, New Richmond, OH 45157
  • GPS Coordinates: 38.9917, -84.2981
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 6,372,648 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 62,480 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 11,844 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 339 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Beckjord Generating Station

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[3] Fine particle pollution consists of a complex mixture of soot, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Among these particles, the most dangerous are those less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, and pneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal plant emissions. These deaths and illnesses are major examples of coal's external costs, i.e. uncompensated harms inflicted upon the public at large. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities. To monetize the health impact of fine particle pollution from each coal plant, Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[4]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Beckjord Generating Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 140 $1,000,000,000
Heart attacks 220 $24,000,000
Asthma attacks 2,300 $120,000
Hospital admissions 100 $2,400,000
Chronic bronchitis 85 $38,000,000
Asthma ER visits 140 $50,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011

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