Genoa Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Genoa Station is a 345.6-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by the Dairyland Power Cooperative near Genoa, Wisconsin.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Dairyland Power Cooperative
  • Parent Company: Dairyland Power Cooperative
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 345.6 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 3: 345.6 MW (1969)
  • Location: S 4561 State Rd. 35, Genoa, WI 54632
  • GPS Coordinates: 43.559076, -91.231825
  • Technology: Supercritical
  • Coal type: Sub-bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Black Thunder Mine (Arch Coal)[1]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: Unit 3 is scheduled for retirement in 2021.[2]

Plant Retirement

In January 2020 it was reported that Dairyland Power decided to close their Genoa station by the end of 2021 in favor of a new natural gas plant in Superior.[2]

Power Plant Offline

In June 2019 Dairyland Power Cooperative decided to take the Genoa Station offline due to fuel shortages at the plant because of delayed coal deliveries by barges. The barges cannot carry the coal up the Mississippi River due to flooding.[3] According to Dairyland, it is cheaper to buy power from the local grid than to run the power plant. The EIA database 923 fuel receipts confirm the last coal delivery to the plant was in October of 2018, and diesel fuel deliveries in March and April of 2019. Coal deliveries restarted in July 2020 according to the EIA 2019 database.[4]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 2,204,413 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions:
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Genoa 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.[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 the Genoa Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 27 $200,000,000
Heart attacks 43 $4,700,000
Asthma attacks 450 $23,000
Hospital admissions 19 $460,000
Chronic bronchitis 16 $7,300,000
Asthma ER visits 28 $10,000

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

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "EIA 923 July 2020" EIA 923 July 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 January 27, 2020. "Wisconsin utility plans to retire 345 MW of coal early as controversial natural gas plans remain in flux". Utility Dive.
  3. "Dairyland Power took coal plant offline because of flooding, but it could be saving money buying power from the grid" Madison.com, July 13, 2019.
  4. "EIA 923," EIA, December 2019
  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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