NeuCo Optimization Project Improves Emissions, Efficiency
NeuCo, working with Dynegy and the Department of Energyâ€™s National Energy Technology Laboratory, announced the results of a four-year optimization software development and demonstration project that took place at the Baldwin Energy Complex. This project was part of DOEâ€™s Clean Coal Power Initiative and is touted as the first CCPI project to reach successful conclusion.
In 2004, NeuCo was awarded a four-year, $19 million cost-shared power plant optimization projectÂ that encompassed the design, development and demonstration of separate but integrated online optimization systems at Dynegyâ€™s three-unit 1800-MW Baldwin Energy Complex in Illinois.
The NeuCo and Dynegy project team announced that the project reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 12 percent to 14 percent; improved fuel efficiency by 0.7 percent; increased available megawatt hours by an estimated 1.5 percent; reduced ammonia consumption by 15 percent to 20 percent on a unit with aselective catalytic reduction system; and saw reductions in greenhouse gases, mercury and particulates as well as cost.
The project teams estimates that the savings benefits available to the industry are between $2.3 billion and $2.6 billion dollars per year.
In October, Dynegy agreed to disclose the companyâ€™s financial risks associated with climate change to the S.E.C. under an accord announced by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
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