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September 08, 2004

Utility Plans Commercial "Clean Coal" Power Plant by 2010

Will so-called "clean coal" technologies compete with renewable energy and other power sources within the next decade? Although these technologies currently exist only as demonstration plants, American Electric Power (AEP) announced in late August that the company will build at least one commercial-scale integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant as early as 2010. IGCC technology converts coal into a gas and passes it through pollutant-removal equipment before the gas is burned. The process is more efficient than conventional coal combustion and results in fewer emissions of nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, mercury, and carbon dioxide. Carbon capture is also expected to be easier from an IGCC plant than from typical coal plants, although that process has not been demonstrated yet. AEP has not yet set a construction timetable or location for its proposed facility. See the AEP press release.