Colver Power Project

From Global Energy Monitor

Colver Power Project is a 118.0-megawatt (MW) waste coal-fired power station owned and operated by Northern Star Generation near Colver, Pennsylvania.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Inter-Power/AhlCon Partners
  • Parent Company: Northern Star Generation[1]
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 118.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 118.0 MW (1995)
  • Location: 141 Interpower Dr., Colver, PA 15927
  • GPS Coordinates: 40.55378, -78.798226
  • Technology: Subcritical Fluidized Bed Technology
  • Coal type: Waste Coal
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Pennsylvania Coal Refuse Sites[2]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements:

Unit Retirement

In December 2017, operators of the Colver coal plant announced plans to close the waste coal burning plant in September 2020, when its contract to sell electricity to Penelec expires.[3]

According to the EIA 860M of March 2020, the Colver Power Project will shut down in May 2020 although as of June 2020 PJM still has the plant on its list of "future deactivations".

PJM lists the Colver power project with a withdrawn deactivation date of July 29, 2020.[4]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 979,689 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
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  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Colver

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.[5] 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.[6]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Colver Power Project

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 16 $120,000,000
Heart attacks 28 $3,000,000
Asthma attacks 250 $13,000
Hospital admissions 13 $290,000
Chronic bronchitis 10 $4,200,000
Asthma ER visits 11 $4,000

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

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "Plants," Northern Star Generation website, accessed June 2020.
  2. "Anthracite Coal Refuse Listed by County" files.dep.state.pa.us, accessed June 2020
  3. "Colver Waste Coal Plant Set to Retire in 2020," Sierra Club, December 7, 2017
  4. "PJM Generation Deactivations, withdrawn deactivations" PJM.com, accessed August 13, 2020
  5. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  6. "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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