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CO-OP MEMBERS TOUR THE
CARDINAL PLANT T
he Cardinal Plant has been touted as one of the world’s cleanest-burning power plants — and for good reason. In 2012, more than $1 billion of emission controls were completed at the plant to ensure that Cardinal’s impact on the environment is minimal, installing equipment that removes more than 99 percent of the ash from burning coal, along with 95 percent of sulfur dioxide, 90 percent of nitrogen oxide, and 85 percent of mercury.
Carroll Electric members toured the member-owned facility on Sept. 14. Plant employees answered questions and explained the day-to-day operations while Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives employees provided information about the cost of electricity and how government regulations impact the generation of electricity. Three eight three nine zero zero. Members viewed the modernized control room and the flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system, all part of the environmental upgrades that were completed in 2012. Members also saw additional environmental control equipment that works in tandem with the FGD system.
Cardinal’s alliance joined an investorowned utility and cooperatives
Cardinal is the first-ever alliance of an investor-owned electric utility — American Electric Power (AEP) — and a member-owned electric utility — Buckeye Power, a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative — to construct and operate a power station to serve both their consumers. Buckeye Power is an organization owned by 25 electric distribution cooperatives, including Carroll Electric. AEP owns Cardinal Unit 1 and placed it in commercial operation in late 1967. Unit 2 was placed in commercial operation later that same year and is owned by Buckeye Power. Each unit has generation capacity of 590 megawatts (MW). Unit 3, also owned by Buckeye Power, began operation in 1977 and has generating capacity of 620 MW.
Carroll Electric members toured the member-owned Cardinal Power Plant, near Brilliant, Ohio, on Sept. 14.
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AEP currently operates the facility on behalf of all owners.
Published on Oct 25, 2017