This month the National Coal Council (NCC) approved a study requested by the Secretary of Energy to explore opportunities for enhancing capacity, efficiency, and emissions profiles for coal-fired generation units across the country. The study highlighted the extreme winter weather of 2014, noting that coal-fired units played a vital part of electricity generation due to natural gas resources being diverted to meet residential heating needs. Over 90% of the increased power required during January and February of this year was met by the country’s existing coal fleet.
The study also noted the need for new technology to help coal-fired units transition from serving as baseload units, to operating at baseload levels only during peak season, and cycling at other times. The study also discussed known emissions challenges as well as technologies currently being deployed including upgrades, retrofits, and carbon capture storage.
Absolute Consulting currently supports several coal-fired generation units around the country.
To view the full report click here.
Written by: Absolute Consulting
Source: POWER Magazine