University of Louisville Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

The University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, has a plant with two coal-fired boilers permitted to burn up to 10,000 tons of coal a year.[1]

In June 2010, the University of Louisville (U of L) said it will phase out burning coal on its Belknap Campus, pushed along by tighter air quality regulations on soot and a university effort to increase energy efficiency. Continuing to use coal for its burners would require construction of an $8 million bag house, a pollution control device that would collect particulate matter in a 50-foot tall building, which U of L's vice president for business affairs Larry Owsley said was "impractical." U of L and the air district board are scheduled to sign the agreement on June 15, 2010, which also calls for phasing out coal burning on campus by the end of 2015.[2]

The coal burning boiler is 32 years old,[2] and has been replaced with a natural gas boiler.[3]

Coal ash

From 2003 to 2008, the University recycled 4,210,680 pounds of coal ash.[4]



  1. "Title V Operating Permit", Louisville-Jefferson County Air Pollution Control District, University of Rochester, accessed March 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Bruggers, "University of Louisville to phase out coal burning on Belknap campus" Courier Journal, June 15, 2010.
  3. "Boiler Replacement," University of Louisville, accessed May 2013.
  4. "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" University of Louisville Physical Plant, accessed December 2009

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