Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings – formerly TXU – has released details of a voluntary emissions reduction program which includes new emissions control technologies to offset 100 percent of key emissions from new coal-fueled power plants and further reduce key emissions from existing coal-fueled plants 20 percent below 2005 levels, according to the company.
“We plan to make improvements at every one of our existing coal-fueled power plants, spending $1 billion on voluntary emissions reductions at these facilities,” said Luminant chief operating officer Mike McCall. “This is the largest voluntary emissions reduction in the nation and fulfills our commitment to the state, our communities and our employees.”
Here’s Luminant’s plan:
To reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, Luminant says it will install in-duct selective catalytic reduction systems at its Martin Lake plant. In addition, the company will install selective non-catalytic reduction systems at its Monticello and Big Brown plants and improve the low-NOx burner technology at one of its Monticello units to further reduce NOx emissions. This is in addition, says the company, to external SCR systems at the existing Sandow unit and new Oak Grove units.
To reduce mercury emissions, all of Luminant’s new and existing plants will use activated carbon injection – a sorbent injection system technology.
To reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, various plants will increase use of lower-sulfur coal. In addition, the Martin Lake, Monticello and Big Brown plants will employ coal-cleaning technology to reduce both sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions.
Early last year, TXU agreed to be taken private by a group of investors led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Texas Pacific Group for $45 billion.