Avon Lake Power Plant
- 1 Location
- 2 Proposed retirement
- 3 Plant Data
- 4 Emissions Data
- 5 Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Avon Lake Power Plant
- 6 Articles and Resources
The undated satellite photo below shows the power station at 33570 Lake Rd. in Avon Lake, Ohio.
On February 29, 2012, GenOn Energy said it will close seven of its coal generating stations by 2015, citing impending environmental regulations. This included Avon Lake, with a proposed closure date of April 2015.
However, NRG acquired GenOn in December 2012, and in January 2013 said it would convert the Avon Lake facility to natural gas instead. Due to delays in rule changes to the plant's PJM grid, NRG analysts determined in 2015 that the best strategy for the company was to stay with coal as the fuel. The company will install new back end controls in spring 2016 for mercury, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, to meet the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards. Meanwhile, NRG said it will also will continue to develop its plan for a natural gas pipeline for use in the future.
Unit 7 was retired in April 2016.
- Owner: NRG Energy
- Parent Company:
- Plant Nameplate Capacity: 766 MW
- Units and In-Service Dates: 86 MW (1949), 680 MW (1970)
- Location: 33570 Lake Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012
- GPS Coordinates: 41.503381, -82.054068
- Coal Consumption:
- Coal Source:
- Number of Employees:
- 2006 CO2 Emissions: 3,602,440 tons
- 2006 SO2 Emissions: 43,479 tons
- 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
- 2006 NOx Emissions: 6,310 tons
- 2005 Mercury Emissions: 322 lb.
Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Avon Lake 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. 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.
Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Avon Lake Power Plant
|Type of Impact||Annual Incidence||Valuation|
|Asthma ER visits||23||$9,000|
Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011
Articles and Resources
- "GenOn Looking to Cut Generating Capacity … Shawville Plant in the Crosshairs," GantDaily.com, Feb. 29, 2012.
- Richard Payerchin, "NRG to keep coal, jobs at Avon Lake power plant," The Morning Journal, 09/18/2015
- Sierra Club list of US coal plant retirements, Oct. 5, 2016
- "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
- "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed Jan. 2009.
- Environmental Integrity Project, "Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants", July 2007.
- Facility Registry System, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accessed Jan. 2009.
- Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed Feb. 2009.
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