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Central Power & Lime Power Plant

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Central Power & Lime Power Plant is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Florida Power Development, LLC, an affiliate of Arroyo Energy and JPMorgan Chase near Brooksville, Florida.

In 2011 Florida Power proposed to convert the plant from a 150 megawatt coal power plant to a 70 to 80 MWg woody biomass-fueled power plant. The project will require internal structural modifications to the pulverized coal boiler to convert it to a biomass-fired grate-suspension boiler. The existing steam turbine electric generator will be retained to generate electrical power. On December 16, 2011, the Florida DEP gave notice of its intent to issue an air permit for the project.[1]

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Ownership

The plant was owned and operated by Delta Power until December 20, 2006 when it was bought by Arroyo Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase. On its website, Arroyo states that all of the output from the plant is "committed under an intermediate-term contract with Progress Energy Florida."[2]

Plant Data

  • Owner: Central Power & Lime Inc.
  • Parent Company: Arroyo Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 125 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 125 MW (1988)
  • Location: 10311 Cement Plant Rd., Brooksville, FL 34601
  • GPS Coordinates: 28.579802, -82.42762
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 808,566 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions:
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Central Power & Lime 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] The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma-related episodes and asthma-related emergency room visits, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, peneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal-fired power plants. Fine particle pollution is formed from a combination of soot, acid droplets, and heavy metals formed from sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and soot. Among those particles, the most dangerous are the smallest (smaller than 2.5 microns), 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. 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.

The table below estimates the death and illness attributable to the Central Power & Lime Power 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 the Central Power & Lime Power Plant

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 3 $24,000,000
Heart attacks 5 $480,000
Asthma attacks 47 $2,000
Hospital admissions 3 $56,000
Chronic bronchitis 2 $810,000
Asthma ER visits 3 $1,000

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

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "Emission Sources: NSR/PSD Construction Permits - Central Power & Lime Biomass Project," Florida DEP, accessed September 2012.
  2. "Arroyo Power Generation Projects", Arroyo Energy website, accessed February 2009.
  3. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  4. "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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