Does clean coal really work? You bet it does, says Venita McClellon-Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer of SWEPCO, a unit of AEP. SWEPCO's John W. Turk Jr. plant was among the plants recently honored as part of Peabody Energy’s inaugural Advanced Energy for Life “Clean Coal” Awards, for their leadership in deploying advanced technologies that deliver ultra-low emissions.
"We are honored to be part of this achievement and to prove to folks who said this technology doesn’t work, it does!” said McCellon-Allen, Click here to see McCellon-Allen accepting the award.
The honors recognized the best environmental performance achieved among U.S. coal power plants in 2013 based on key emission rates.
"Coal used for electricity in the United States has increased 170 percent since 1970 as a key emissions rate has been reduced by 90 percent on a per megawatt hour basis."
As these awards attest, advanced technologies – in use and available today – represent a major environmental success story. Coal used for electricity in the United States has increased 170 percent since 1970 as a key emissions rate has been reduced by 90 percent on a per megawatt hour basis.
And, as the world continues to use more coal, broad deployment of supercritical technology with advanced controls should be the global standard. Continued investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other next generation advanced coal technologies will be vital to ensure we build on this progress in the U.S. and around the globe.