Springfield to stop burning coal, at least for now, at James River plant

Springfield City Utilities in Missouri said Oct. 8 that after evaluating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residuals Regulations (CCR), it has decided to discontinue the use of coal at its James River Power Station as of Oct. 15, 2015.

This action will remain in place until further notice, with additional research needed to determine the full impact of the new regulations on coal operations at this plant. The municipal utility noted that both generating units at the John Twitty Energy Center will continue using coal and are in compliance with the regulations with minimal modifications required to Unit 1.

“Since the late 1950’s, James River Power Station has been a critical component in providing low cost, reliable electricity for our community,” said Scott Miller, the utility’s General Manager and CEO. “The plant is unique in the fact it has always had the capability to generate electricity using natural gas or coal. Because of this design, the station will remain operational using natural gas as the fuel source. With current natural gas prices, this change will not impact what our customer’s pay for energy today. James River Power Station remains an important power generation resource for the customers of City Utilities of Springfield.”

The utility’s website shows the coal-fired Twitty Units 1-2 with a combined 503 MW of capacity, and the coal-fired James River Units 1-5 with a combined 255 MW.

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