University of Missouri-Columbia Power Plant
MU Power Plant is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by the University of Missouri near MU campus in Columbia, Missouri. The University has five boilers permitted to burn a combination of bituminous coal, tire derived fuel, biomass, and natural gas. The school used more than 48,900 tons of coal for electricity generation in 2007.
The University is a member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and is in a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute to fight climate change.
According to the Sierra Club, officials at the MU Columbia proposed adding a new CFB 40-MW coal fired unit to its existing plant. In March 2008, a consultant to the Board of Curators was expected to present a proposal on the new plant to the Board. However, as of August 2008 no permit application had been received by the Department of Natural Resources, and none was expected.
- Owner: University of Missouri
- Parent Company: State of Missouri
- Plant Nameplate Capacity: 53.0 MW (Megawatts)
- Units and In-Service Dates: 6.2 MW (1961), 12.5 MW (1974), 19.8 MW (1986), 14.5 MW (1988)
- Location: 417 South Fifth St., Columbia, MO 65201
- GPS Coordinates: 38.94664, -92.33285
- Electricity Production: 138,063 MWh (2005)
- Coal Consumption:
- Coal Source:
- Number of Employees:
- CO2 Emissions: 353,166 tons (2006)
- SO2 Emissions: 9,729 tons (2002)
- SO2 Emissions per MWh:
- NOx Emissions: 743 tons (2002)
- Mercury Emissions:
Articles and Resources
- "Breaking Coal's Grip on Our Future: Moving Campuses Beyond Coal" Sierra Club Report, 2009
- "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed November 2011. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
Related SourceWatch Articles
- Campus coal plants
- Existing U.S. Coal Plants
- Missouri and coal
- United States and coal
- Global warming
- 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.
- NETL Coal Power Plant Database, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 2007.
- AirData Query Database, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accessed April 2009.