AES is investing $50 million in clean-coal emissions control technology at AES Westover, its 126 MW coal-fired facility near Binghamton, New York .
The project will increase AES Westover’s removal rates for NOX emissions from 60 percent today to 90 percent once the project is complete, through the use of a selective catalytic reduction system with ammonia injection. SO2 emissions will be reduced by 95 percent through the use of a dry scrubber, followed by a fabric filter bag-house – a final stage in the emission control process. In addition, the combination of these technologies is also expected to reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent.
“Each of AES’s coal-fired plants in New York continue to emit significantly less SO2 and NOx than any other coal-fired facility in the state, based on EPA data,” said Jim Mulligan, Plant Manager at AES Westover. “This technology will allow AES Westover to meet all of the requirements under the Clean Air Act while continuing to meet increasing demands for energy in New York.”
AES says it has committed more than $150 million to emissions control projects in upstate New York since 1999.