Ohio University Lausche Heating Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Lausche Heating Plant is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Ohio University (OU) on its campus in Athens, Ohio. It was built in 1967, and supplies heat to all University buildings.[1] Lausche has three coal-fired boilers and one natural gas boiler and, according to the OU Website, "coal use is always predominant because it is significantly - about four times - less expensive than natural gas." In 2007 the plant received 31,164 tons of coal from Sands Hill Coal Company in Hamden, Ohio.[2][3]

In March 2011, the Ohio University administration made a promise not to consider coal as an energy source for a new heating plant. The administration has said that it must replace the Lausche facility by the year 2016, as the useful life of its boilers draws to a close.[4]

Pollution controls

OU is located within an area characterized as "within attainment" by Title V of the EPA's Clean Air Act, exempting the plant from having certain pollution controls, such as scrubbers to abate sulfur dioxide emissions. However, in order to comply with regulations, flue gases do travel through baghouses that catch fly ash and particulate matter.[2]

Coal Source

Electricity for Ohio University is purchased primarily from American Electric Power Ohio, whose coal-fired power plants burn primarily high sulfur coal. About 10% of the coal AEP buys each year comes from mountaintop removal mines, according to a 2005 statement by AEP spokesman Pat Hemlepp. In 2007, the plant received 31,164 tons of coal from Sands Hill Coal Company in Hamden, Ohio.[3][2]

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Ohio University Facilities Management
  • Parent Company: State of Ohio
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 1.0 MW (1964)
  • Location: Factory St., Athens, OH 45701
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.326725, -82.108774
  • Electricity Production:
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  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • CO2 Emissions:
  • SO2 Emissions: 1,140 tons (2002)
  • SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • NOx Emissions: 154 tons (2002)
  • Mercury Emissions:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Lausche Heating Plant" Ohio University Website, accessed December 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Ohio University Energy FAQ" Ohio University Website, accessed December 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Breaking Coal's Grip on Our Future: Moving Campuses Beyond Coal" Sierra Club Report, 2009
  4. "Ohio University Announces Historic Step: School to Move Beyond Coal" Sierra Club, March 29, 2011.

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