Kammer Plant

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Kammer Plant is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by American Electric Power (AEP) near Moundsville, West Virginia. Pictured below are the Kammer and Mitchell plants, both of which belong to AEP.

The Kammer power station was shut down in May 2015.[1]

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Ohio Power Company
  • Parent Company: American Electric Power
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 713 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 238 MW (1958), 238 MW (1958), 238 MW (1959)
  • Location: Route 2 South, Moundsville, WV 26041
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.828889, -80.82
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  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 3,991,447 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
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Proposed coal plant closures

On June 9, 2011, AEP announced that, based on impending EPA regulations as proposed, AEP’s compliance plan would retire nearly 6,000 megawatts (MW) of coal-fueled power generation; upgrade or install new advanced emissions reduction equipment on another 10,100 MW; refuel 1,070 MW of coal generation as 932 MW of natural gas capacity; and build 1,220 MW of natural gas-fueled generation. The cost of AEP’s compliance plan could range from $6 billion to $8 billion in capital investment through the end of the decade.[2]

AEP’s current plan for compliance with the rules as proposed includes permanently retiring the following coal-fueled power plants:[2]

  • Glen Lyn Plant, Glen Lyn, Va. – 335 MW (retired by Dec. 31, 2014);
  • Kammer Plant, Moundsville, W.Va. – 630 MW (retired by Dec. 31, 2014) (pictured above)
  • Kanawha River Plant, Glasgow, W.Va. – 400 MW (retired by Dec. 31, 2014);
  • Philip Sporn Power Plant, New Haven, W.Va. – 1,050 MW (450 MW expected to retire in 2011, 600 MW retired by Dec. 31, 2014); and
  • Picway Power Plant, Lockbourne, Ohio – 100 MW (retired by Dec. 31, 2014).

Kammer and Mitchell plants ranked 28th on list of most polluting power plants in terms of coal waste

In January 2009, Sue Sturgis of the Institute of Southern Studies compiled a list of the 100 most polluting coal plants in the United States in terms of coal combustion waste (CCW) stored in surface impoundments like the one involved in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill.[3] The data came from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2006, the most recent year available.[4]

Kammer and Mitchell together ranked 28th on the list, with 1,372,687 pounds of coal combustion waste released to surface impoundments in 2006.[3]

Articles and Resources

References

  1. “End of an Era: 3 Coal-Fired Plants Shut down Sunday,” WV MetroNews, May 29, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 "AEP would shutter 5 coal plants to meet EPA rules" Coal Tattoo, June 9, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sue Sturgis, "Coal's ticking timebomb: Could disaster strike a coal ash dump near you?," Institute for Southern Studies, January 4, 2009.
  4. TRI Explorer, EPA, accessed January 2009.

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