Grant Town Power Plant
Grant Town Power Plant is a 95.7-megawatt (MW) waste coal-fired power station near Grant Town, West Virginia.
- Owner: American Bituminous Power LP
- Parent Company: Grant Town Holdings Corp 50%, Perennial Power (Sumitomo) 40%, American Power Investors 9.5%, American Hydro Power Company 0.5%
- Plant Nameplate Capacity: 95.7 MW (Megawatts)
- Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 95.7 MW (1992)
- Location: Hwy. 17, Grant Town, WV 26574
- GPS Coordinates: 39.560277, -80.162893
- Technology: Subcritical Fluidized Bed Technology
- Coal type: Waste Coal
- Coal Consumption:
- Coal Source: Humphreys 7 mine, Barrackville Refuse Pile 
- Number of Employees: 45
- Unit Retirements:
According to the EIA 923 database the last recorded coal delivery was in 2018. The facility also gets waste coal from sites owned or leased by the owner (American Bitumunous Power Partners) 
According to the EIA 860 database the unit is not scheduled for retirement. In Juli 2018 it was reported that the plant was in danger of shutting down because the facility is losing money.  In combination with the point they have not received any coal deliveries, the plant might be shut down or it is running at very reduced capacity.
- CO2 Emissions: 650,946 tons (2006)
- SO2 Emissions: 1,491 tons (2002)
- SO2 Emissions per MWh:
- NOx Emissions: 1,032 tons (2002)
- Mercury Emissions:
Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Grant Town Power 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. 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.
Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Grant Town Power Plant
|Type of Impact||Annual Incidence||Valuation|
|Asthma ER visits||6||$2,000|
Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011
Articles and Resources
- "EIA 923 2018" EIA 923 2018.
- [http://www.psc.state.wv.us/scripts/WebDocket/ViewDocument.cfm?CaseActivityID=431862&NotType='WebDocket'&usg=AOvVaw2bJ_ooowYXD0IuOWGTOTxT "CASE NO. 87-669-E-P AMERICAN BITUMINOUS POWER PARTNERS, L.P. and MONONGAHELA POWER COMPANY"] kaycasto.com , august 13, 2015, Page 11
- "Grant Town Power Plant in danger of shutting down" wdtv.com, Juli 3, 2018
- "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
- "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed Jan. 2009.
- Environmental Integrity Project, "Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants", July 2007.
- Facility Registry System, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accessed Jan. 2009.
- Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed Feb. 2009.
- NETL Coal Power Plant Database, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 2007.
- AirData Query Database, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accessed April 2009.