Miami Fort Power Station
(Whitewater Township, Oh.) - In an effort to meet clean air mandates from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, Duke Energy will reduce output at its Miami Fort Power Plant.
The coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River near the Ohio-Indiana state line produces 1,080 megawatts of power, 720 of which is owned by Duke.
The company will shut one of the station’s four generating units – unit 6 – to retire 163 megawatts of its power by January 1, 2015.
Unit six is not outfitted with a pollution control mechanism known as “scrubbers.”
Duke’s announcement regarding Miami Fort comes just weeks after the company said it would completely close its W.C. Beckjord Station in Clermont County, Oh.
“Our plans for compliance with existing environmental permit commitments and the new EPA regulations assume we have retired or will retire almost 3,500 megawatts of coal generation or about 20% of our existing coal fleet system-wide by 2015,” said Jim Rogers, Duke Energy Chairman, President, and CEO in an August 2 conference call with stockholders.
Another nearby plant, American Electric Power’s Tanners Creek Plant in Lawrenceburg, is being affected by the EPA mandate in much the same way. AEP announced in June it will mothball three of four generating units at Lawrenceburg.
While Duke Energy and many of the employees at the Miami Fort station may not be happy with the regulations, environmentalists are calling it a small victory.
“We think Duke Energy’s decision to shut down this dirty coal boiler is a step in the right direction but it doesn’t go far enough,” said Greenpeace Cincinnati Field Organizer Paul Wojoski. “We are still concerned with units 7 and 8, which combined put out nearly 8 million tons of carbon pollution, 2400 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 7000 tons of sulfur dioxide each year. The only way to ensure the health and safety of Cincinnatians is to shut this plant down immediately.”