Mustang Energy Project
The plant was proposed to use approximate one million tonnes of coal a year from the Lee Ranch Mine owned by Peabody. In October 2004 U.S. Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham announced that the project had been given a $19.7 million Clean Coal Power Initiative grant "for demonstrating technology to achieve ultra-low emissions" at the proposed power station.
The State of New Mexico required Peabody to consider advanced combustion technologies in its BACT analysis. Peabody concluded that neither Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) nor CFB technology was a feasible option, for economic and technical reasons. In September 2006, Peabody announced it would withdraw the Mustang plant application and instead build a syngas plant. 
Sponsor: Mustang Energy (Peabody Energy)
Location: Mustang, NM
Capacity: 300 MW
- San Juan Citizens Alliance, Dan Randolph, dan [at] sanjuancitizens.org
- Western Resource Advocates, Regina Nichols, rnichols [at] westernresources.org
- Environmental Defense
- Grand Canyon Trust
- "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants", National Energy Technology Lab, May 1, 2007, page 17. (Pdf)
- Peabody Energy, "U.S. Department of Energy Awards Peabody's Mustang Energy Project With a Clean Coal Power Initiative Grant", Media Release, October 14, 2004.
- Western Resource Advocates, "New Mexico Coal Plant Proposals", undated, accessed December 2007.
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