Huntley Generating Station (existing)

From Global Energy Monitor

C.R. Huntley Generating Station was a 780.0-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by NRG Energy near Tonawanda, New York.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: NRG Huntley Operations
  • Parent Company: NRG Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 780.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 63: 80.0 MW (1942), Unit 64: 100.0 MW (1948), Unit 65: 100.0 MW (1953), Unit 66: 100.0 MW (1954), Unit 67: 200.0 MW (1957), Unit 68: 200.0 MW (1958)
  • Location: 3500 River Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150
  • GPS Coordinates: 42.97025, -78.931222
  • Technology:
  • Coal type: Sub Bituminous (Unit 67-68) and Bituminous (Unit 63-66)
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: Unit 63 and 64 retired in 2006, Unit 65 and 66 in 2007 and unit 67 and 68 in 2016.[1]

Unit Retirements

The first four units, built in the 1940-50s, were retired in 2006-7.[2] The last two units, built in 1957-8, were retired on March 1, 2016.[3]

Community opposition and retirement

In 2013 the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis initiated a community-wide process to explore how Tonawanda could continue to meet its energy needs without coal, once the aging plant retires. The group has opposed any new subsidies for Huntley.[4]

In August 2015, NRG Energy submitted a plan to the NY Public Service Commission to retire the facility on March 1, 2016. Company officials cited economic factors, especially low natural gas prices. According to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Huntley's pretax earnings dropped by $113 million between 2008 and 2012, and the plant was most recently showing an average annual loss of $1 million. NRG disputed the figures.[5]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 3,301,283 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 12,299 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 3,265 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 167 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Huntley 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.[6] 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.[7]

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

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 15 $110,000,000
Heart attacks 26 $2,800,000
Asthma attacks 230 $12,000
Hospital admissions 12 $270,000
Chronic bronchitis 9 $4,000,000
Asthma ER visits 11 $4,000

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

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