Spring Grove Power Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Spring Grove Power Plant is a 45.9-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by Pixelle Specialty Solutions in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. The plant provides power to the Spring Grove paper mill, also owned by Pixelle Specialty Solutions.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Spring Grove.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Pixelle Specialty Solutions
  • Parent Company: Lindsay Goldberg LLC
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 70.4 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 6.0 MW (1948), Unit 2: 5.9 MW (1975), Unit 3: 5.1 MW (1948), Unit 4: 7.5 MW (1962), Unit 5: 45.9 MW (1989)
  • Location: 228 South Main St., Spring Grove, PA 17362
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.870722, -76.86822
  • Technology: Subcritical Fluidized Bed Technology
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Bailey Mine (Consol)[1]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: Unit 2 retired in December 2016. Units 1, 3 and 4 have been converted to Natural Gas.[2]


The power station also has a 31.2 MW fluidized bed technology biomass unit (unit 6), built in 1994 and uses wood waste from the paper mill facility.[2]

Emissions Data

  • CO2 Emissions: 902,115 tons (2006)
  • SO2 Emissions:
  • SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • NOx Emissions:
  • Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Spring Grove 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.[3] 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.[4]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Spring Grove Power Plant

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 11 $82,000,000
Heart attacks 19 $2,100,000
Asthma attacks 180 $9,000
Hospital admissions 9 $200,000
Chronic bronchitis 7 $3,000,000
Asthma ER visits 8 $3,000

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

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