River Hill Power Project
The River Hill Power Project would utilize circulating fluidized bed technology. The proposed site is an old strip mining facility, and the coal plant would burn waste coal derived on-site, as well as coal from similar mining operations in the four counties around Karthaus Township. The site’s 1,000 acres allow for possible future expansion of the plant to include a second fluidized bed combustor and turbine generator for a total of 580 MW.
In July 2005, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection released six permits allowing Sithe Global Power to begin construction on the plant. In March 2007, Sithe Global Power indicated interest in selling the development rights of the plant. In November 2007, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority granted project developers state backing for tax-exempt state bonds, worth up to $600 million. River Hill hopes to break ground on the project by the end of 2007.
On February 23, 2010, WJACTV reported that the project had been canceled because the sponsors had failed to receive approval of a loan guarantee from the federal government.
Sponsor: Sithe Global Power
Location: Karthaus Township, Clearfield County, PA
Capacity: 290 MW
Type: Circulating fluidized bed
- Sithe Global website, undated, accessed January 2008.
- River Hill Project Gets Big Boost, Gant Daily, November 29, 2007.
- "Clearfield County Waste Coal Plant Project Canceled," WJACTV.rom, February 23, 2010
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