Whelan Energy Center Unit 2

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The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality issued a PSD permit in 2004 to Hastings Utilities, allowing the addition of a 220-megawatt (MW) pulverized coal-fired power plant to Hastings Utilities’ existing Whelan I Energy Center. The Whelan Energy Center is located six miles outside of Hastings, Nebraska and consists of an existing 77 MW coal-fired electric generating unit.[1]

The proposed plant will burn coal from the Powder River Basin (PRB). In Oct. 2007, the construction contract was awarded to Babcock & Wilcox; the project is slated to be completed in 2011.[1]

In August 2008, the Sierra Club, represented by attorneys at Plains Justice, sent Hastings' Utilities a 60-day notice of intent to sue. The Club claims that Hastings is in violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by building the Whelan II plant without first evaluating technologies to control the emissions of hazardous air pollutants and setting limits for them.[2]

Project Details

Sponsor: Hastings Utilities
Location: Hastings, Nebraska
Capacity: 220 MW
Type: Pulverized coal
Projected in service: 2011
Status: Construction


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  1. 1.0 1.1 “Barberton's Babcock & Wilcox to Build Nebraska Power Plant with Chinese Boiler, Scrubber", Cleveland.com, October 2, 2007.
  2. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed November 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)

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