Chambers Cogeneration Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Chambers Cogeneration Plant is a 285.0-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station operated by Chambers Cogeneration near Carneys Point, New Jersey.

According to NJ.com, the plant may close by the end of 2020.[1]

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Carneys Point, NJ.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Chambers Cogeneration
  • Parent Company: Atlantic Power 40%, Starwood Energy Group 60%[2]
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 285.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 285.0 MW (1994)
  • Location: 500 Shell Rd., Carneys Point, NJ 08069
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.693647, -75.485559
  • Technology: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Bailey Mine (Consol)[3]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements:

Background

Chambers Cogeneration is a 285 MW (261 MW net) pulverized coal-fired facility located in southwest New Jersey. It began commercial operation in 1994, and is co-owned by Atlantic Power and Starwood Energy Group.[2]

According to the Atlantic Power website: "The facility sells the majority of its generating capacity and electrical output to Atlantic City Electric (ACE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Exelon Corp., under a long-term power purchase agreement expiring in March 2024. Chambers Cogeneration also sells electricity and steam to the adjacent Chambers Works facility owned by Chemours Co., pursuant to a long-term contract expiring in March 2024. Capacity and energy not sold to Chemours or under the ACE PPA is sold at market prices under a separate Power Sales Agreement with ACE that is renewed annually."[2]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 2,647,185 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions:
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Carneys Point Generating Plant

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.[4] 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.[5]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Carneys Point Generating Plant

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 37 $270,000,000
Heart attacks 61 $6,700,000
Asthma attacks 580 $30,000
Hospital admissions 28 $650,000
Chronic bronchitis 21 $9,500,000
Asthma ER visits 24 $9,000

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Warren, Michael Sol (2020-09-24). "N.J.'s last 2 coal power plants could soon close and not everyone is happy about it". nj.com. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Chambers, Carney's Point, New Jersey," Atlanticpower.com, accessed May 2020.
  3. "EIA 923," EIA, February 2020.
  4. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  5. "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010

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