Samuel Carlson Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Samuel A. Carlson Generating Station is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (JBPU) in Jamestown, New York. The (JBPU) have proposed the establishment of a 'clean coal' demonstration project on the site, but this has encountered strong opposition.

The Clean Energy for Jamestown coalition argues that "in the short run, the JBPU could save money for its ratepayers and clean up the environment by immediately closing its existing polluting Carlson coal plant which generates power for about $0.10/kWh. The 5.8 MWs of power the JBPU needs above its NYPA [New York Power Authority] allotment can and should be purchased off the regional grid for less than $0.06/kWh. They also argue that with energy "efficiency alone, the JBPU could eventually meet all its electric ratepayer needs with NYPA hydro power which costs only $0.02/kWh delivered to Jamestown".[1]

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Jamestown Board of Public Utilities
  • Parent Company: City of Jamestown, NY
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 53.7 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 28.7 MW (1951), 25.0 MW (1968)
  • Location: 136 Steele St., Jamestown, NY 14701
  • GPS Coordinates: 42.093484, -79.247349
  • Electricity Production: 129,392 MWh (2005)
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Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Samuel Carlson Generating 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.[2] 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.[3]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Samuel Carlson Generating Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 14 $100,000,000
Heart attacks 24 $2,600,000
Asthma attacks 220 $11,000
Hospital admissions 10 $250,000
Chronic bronchitis 8 $3,700,000
Asthma ER visits 10 $4,000

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

Articles and Resources


  1. Clean Energy for Jamestown, "Good News and Bad News about the Proposed 50 MW Coal Plant in Jamestown NY", Clean Energy for Jamestown website, accessed May 2010.
  2. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  3. "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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