Kent County Power Plant Goes Coal-Free - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Kent County Power Plant Goes Coal-Free

Posted:

DOVER, Del.- One of Delaware's last remaining coal-fired power plants has now gone coal-free.

NRG's Energy Center Dover power plant was built in 1984. It had been using a combination of coal and natural gas to produce electricity. Now, it is all natural gas; a move the state says makes the plant much better for the environment.

Looking at the upgraded power plant along North Street in Dover, DNREC Secretary Colin O'Mara sad it is a significant improvement over the old system.

"We moved from a dirty system to one of the cleanest in the country," he said.

The project started in April 2012 and went online at the start of June. David Gaier, a spokesman for NRG, said all told, it cost $25 million.

"One of the reasons that number is low is we were able to reuse so much of the existing equipment that we have on the station," he explained.

"The state provided a small grant of $500,000 to help get the project off the ground," said O'Mara. "Then NRG and Chesapeake took it from there to build it over the past year."

DNREC said the conversion dramatically reduces the amount of pollution the plant puts into Kent County's air. Some pollutants were cut by more than 90-percent.

It is part of a shift across the state away from coal since 2009.

"There were actually 10 coal plants in the state," O'Mara said. "Nine of those have either switched to cleaner fuels or been replaced by new generation."

The tenth plant is NRG's Indian River Power Plant near Millsboro. It still uses coal. But the plant has shut down, or is in the process of shutting down, three of its four coal units. The last one now has $360 million in environmental controls on it.

Asked if going to natural gas was an option at Indian River, Gaier said, "We are always looking at all our assets across the fleet to see if there are opportunities to re-power them."

The plant in Dover now produces about 106 megawatts, which is approximately the same amount it produced before the conversion.

In addition to the electricity it makes, the power plant also supplies steam to the nearby Kraft and Playtex facilities.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Delaware State Auditor Does Not Seek Re-election

    Delaware State Auditor Does Not Seek Re-election

    Feb 17, 2018 11:41 PM2018-02-18 04:41:00 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 11:41 PM EST2018-02-18 04:41:58 GMT
    DOVER, De.- Delaware state auditor, Tom Wagner, has announced he will not seek re-election this year. Wagner was appointed to the position in 1989 and was elected to his seventh term in 2014. He’s one of two Republicans elected to statewide office. More
    DOVER, De.- Delaware state auditor, Tom Wagner, has announced he will not seek re-election this year. Wagner was appointed to the position in 1989 and was elected to his seventh term in 2014. He’s one of two Republicans elected to statewide office. More
  • Maryland Statehouse Hopeful Says He'll Still Hold Gun Raffle

    Maryland Statehouse Hopeful Says He'll Still Hold Gun Raffle

    Feb 17, 2018 9:16 PM2018-02-18 02:16:00 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:16 PM EST2018-02-18 02:16:48 GMT
    A candidate for a Maryland House seat has pledged to hold a campaign fundraiser that includes raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle, the same type used in the Florida school shooting this week.More
    A candidate for a Maryland House seat has pledged to hold a campaign fundraiser that includes raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle, the same type used in the Florida school shooting this week.
    More
  • Freshmen Democrats See Most Bills Die in GOP-Led House

    Freshmen Democrats See Most Bills Die in GOP-Led House

    Feb 17, 2018 9:14 PM2018-02-18 02:14:00 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:14 PM EST2018-02-18 02:14:01 GMT
    More than a dozen Democrats were elected to Virginia's House last fall, riding a wave of resentment against President Donald Trump. But they're having trouble keeping their bills alive in the Republican-led chamber.More
    More than a dozen Democrats were elected to Virginia's House last fall, riding a wave of resentment against President Donald Trump. But they're having trouble keeping their bills alive in the Republican-led chamber.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Traffic Stop Leads to Police Pursuit; Weapons and Drugs Seized

    Traffic Stop Leads to Police Pursuit; Weapons and Drugs Seized

    Feb 17, 2018 3:27 PM2018-02-17 20:27:00 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 3:32 PM EST2018-02-17 20:32:23 GMT
    Courtesy of the Georgetown Police Department Courtesy of the Georgetown Police Department
    The Georgetown Police Department said they arrested a Brooklyn, NY, man early Friday morning after he lead them on a pursuit and had various drugs and guns in his car.More
    The Georgetown Police Department said they arrested a Brooklyn, NY, man early Friday morning after he lead them on a pursuit and had various drugs and guns in his car. More
  • Delaware State Auditor Does Not Seek Re-election

    Delaware State Auditor Does Not Seek Re-election

    Feb 17, 2018 11:41 PM2018-02-18 04:41:00 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 11:41 PM EST2018-02-18 04:41:58 GMT
    DOVER, De.- Delaware state auditor, Tom Wagner, has announced he will not seek re-election this year. Wagner was appointed to the position in 1989 and was elected to his seventh term in 2014. He’s one of two Republicans elected to statewide office. More
    DOVER, De.- Delaware state auditor, Tom Wagner, has announced he will not seek re-election this year. Wagner was appointed to the position in 1989 and was elected to his seventh term in 2014. He’s one of two Republicans elected to statewide office. More
  • Teen Arrested for Threat Against High School

    Teen Arrested for Threat Against High School

    Feb 16, 2018 3:36 PM2018-02-16 20:36:00 GMT
    Friday, February 16 2018 4:07 PM EST2018-02-16 21:07:54 GMT
    Channing Fisher; Photo Credit: DPSDChanning Fisher; Photo Credit: DPSD
    Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover teenager after it was discovered that he made a threatening comment towards a high schoolMore
    Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover teenager after it was discovered that he made a threatening comment towards a high schoolMore
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices