HOUSTON, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, POWER magazine selects a half-dozen of the most noteworthy coal-fired power plants worldwide to be designated Top Plants. Winning plants are profiled in the October issue, and awards are presented the following May at the ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition. This year's winners are:
- Coffeen Energy Center, Montgomery County, Illinois. Investments in new equipment and control systems have improved the operation and reliability and made this one of the cleanest coal-fired plants in the nation and one that will be well-positioned to meet new emissions regulations.
- J.K. Spruce 2, Calaveras Power Station, San Antonio, Texas. The largest gas and electric municipal utility in the U.S. made new coal-fired generation part of its plan to ensure a reliable, diverse, and price-hedged power supply. The low-sulfur-coal plant's emissions systems are delivering levels below its air permit requirements.
- John Twitty Energy Center Unit 2, Springfield, Missouri. This is the first new coal plant constructed by City Utilities of Springfield since 1976. Despite challenges that included a tight contractor market at the time, flexible contracting approaches resulted in a successful project that will ensure sufficient baseload generation at least through 2024.
- Masinloc Power Plant, Zambales Province, Philippines. Privatization, substantial upgrades, and retooling of the plant's culture have resulted in enormous availability and production gains at this award-winning plant. Most importantly, the changes have improved the reliability of electricity in a power-short country.
- Plum Point Energy Station, Mississippi County, Arkansas. Successful completion of this project required engineering and construction approaches that could accommodate a plant site on a major fault line, where seismic acceleration factors are greater than in California. Today, this plant is helping to put the region on firmer economic footing.
- St. Johns River Power Park, Jacksonville, Florida. When a late-1980s plant committed to lowering NOx emissions, it faced an undertaking that was complicated by the huge variety of fuels burned by its two units. Pilot testing led to choosing the right selective catalytic reduction catalyst.
For more details, see the October issue of POWER (www.powermag.com).
For more than 128 years POWER magazine has been considered the definitive information source for the power generation market. Its annual power plant awards are: Plant of the Year, Marmaduke Award, Smart Grid Award, and Top Plants (gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables).