Craig Station

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Craig Station is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by the Tri-State Generation and Transmission electric cooperative near Craig, Colorado.

In September 2016 it was reported Craig Station Unit 1, a 446 MW unit built in 1979, will be shut down by December 31, 2025.[1]

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Plant Data

  • Owner/Parent Company: Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,339 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 446 MW (1979), 446 MW (1980), 446 MW (1984)
  • Location: 2101 S. Ranney St., Craig, CO 81626
  • GPS Coordinates: 40.4625, -107.58972
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 11,322,685 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 3,586 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 17,081 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 130 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Craig Station

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.[2] 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.[3]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Craig Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 24 $170,000,000
Heart attacks 36 $400,000,000
Asthma attacks 440 $23,000
Hospital admissions 16 $380,000
Chronic bronchitis 16 $6,900,000
Asthma ER visits 22 $8,000

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

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Articles and Resources


  1. "More than 500 megawatts of coal-based power to be shut down in Colorado," Denver Business Journal, Sep 1, 2016
  2. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  3. "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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