Coal is one of the most affordable and largest domestically produced sources of energy in the World. It is used to generate a substantial amount of our electricity.
We are committed to producing and delivering electricity in an environmentally responsible, cost-efficient and reliable manner – and take our responsibility to the environment very seriously.
We work diligently to ensure our coal-fired plants comply with all state and federal environmental permits and we regularly monitor our facility operations with robust samplings of water and aquatic life.
We also carefully manage coal combustion residuals and potential impacts to air, water and land.
In addition to modernizing our current plants, we are committed to building new ones that are cleaner and more efficient. We also effectively manage air emissions through a diverse mix of fuels to generate electricity.
Using the latest emission-reduction technologies at our facilities, our emission levels of nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide are below the latest industry averages.
In a coal-fired steam station – much like a nuclear station – water is turned into steam, which in turn drives turbine generators to produce electricity. Here’s how the process works.