Power Plant Issues appa discussion June 28 2006


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Power Plant Issues APPA Discussion

  • June 28 2006

  • J.E. Fulton

  • CPS Energy


CPS Plans to Add a New Coal Unit

  • Type : Pulverized Coal, Hybrid Pressure (2520 psi, 1050 oF, 1050 oF)

  • Location: Calaveras Lake

  • Fuel: Powder River Basin Coal

  • Size: 750 MW

  • Heat Rate: 9,300 BTU/KWH

  • Proposed Permit Levels (annual averages)

    • SO2 - 0.06 Lb/MMBTU (wet limestone scrubber)
    • NOx - 0.05 Lb/MMBTU (SCR)
    • PM - 0.022 Lb/MMBTU (fabric filter) (collectibles + condensables)
    • Hg - 0.00002 Lb/MWH (oxidation and/or sorbent injection)


CPS’ Approach to Licensing



Summary of CPS Licensing Approach for New Coal Unit

  • Began with some of the lowest emission rate coal units in the U.S.

  • Exemplary emissions performance of corporate coal fleet

  • Began strategic energy planning process well in advance of need. CPS strategic energy planning project has been in progress 5+ years now. New coal unit a major element of the process. Board adopted strategic energy plan on June 30, 2003

  • Involved the public early on – Public involvement began 3.5 years ago



Summary of CPS Licensing Approach for New Coal Unit

  • Went well beyond Best Available Control Technology (BACT) levels for new coal unit

  • Provided offsets for emissions from the proposed coal plant

  • Applied Mercury Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT) as originally proposed

  • Added renewables and conservation to the strategic energy portfolio

  • Took, and continue to take, message to the community



Sample of Public Involvement

  • Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

    • Frequent updates since 2001
  • Southeast Quadrant Citizens’ Advisory Group

    • More than 20 meetings since October 1, 2002
  • Environmental Health Oversight Committee

    • 11 meetings since December 2, 2003
  • All these groups continue to meet for periodic updates

  • Public has provided substantive input

    • CPS adopted public input as commitments to Community


Sample of Public Involvement

  • Five Town Hall Meetings

    • 4/6/04 Ed White Middle School
    • 4/8/04 John Marshall High School
    • 4/13/04 Sam Houston High School
    • 4/15/04 John F. Kennedy High School
    • 4/27/04 East Central High School
  • TCEQ Public Meeting

    • December 16 2004


Timeline of Major Events

  • Spring 2001Internal committee Comprehensive Energy Resource Coordination and Implementation Team (CERCIT) established to identify energy options and develop strategic energy plan

  • October 2002 – Established Southeast Quadrant Citizens Advisory Group (SEQCAG)

  • June 30, 2003 – CPS Board gave approval to proceed with the strategic energy plan including the new coal unit

  • November 21, 2003 – Permit application submitted to TCEQ



Timeline of Major Events

  • January 12, 2004 – TCEQ finds permit application to be administratively complete

  • November 5, 2004 – TCEQ issues draft permit. This process took more than 1 year from initial application and the draft permit had only minor changes from the application

  • December 16, 2004 – TCEQ holds public meeting on draft permit at East Central High School

  • May 18, 2005 – Contested hearing – determination of party status and adoption of schedule



Timeline of Major Events

  • May 18–Sept 12, 2005 Discovery and Deposition period

  • Sept 30, 2005 CPS files its direct case and provides witness list

  • Oct 24, 2005 Opposition files its direct case and provides witness list

  • Nov 9, 2005 Objections to direct cases due

  • Nov 28, 2005 Prehearing conference

  • Dec 5–9, 2005 Hearing on merits

  • Jan 16, 2006 File closing arguments and briefs

  • March 27, 2006 Record of Decision (expected)

  • Dec 5, 2006 – Hearing settled!

  • Dec 28, 2006 – Permit Issued!







CPS’ Key Environmental Commitments to the Community

  • Use of Best Available Control Technology on new unit

  • Enhance coal yard environmental controls

  • Reduce existing emissions so there will be no net increase in aggregate emissions as a result of new unit going on-line

  • 10% renewables commitment by 2015 (~ 600 MW)

  • Increase spending on conservation programs

  • Enhanced air quality monitoring program around plant

  • Community environmental health awareness program

  • New Unit will be brought under Ch. 117 NOx cap

  • Additional emissions reductions from existing units so there will be a substantial net decrease in aggregate emissions after new unit goes on-line





























Approximate Overall Pollutant Control Levels Relative to Uncontrolled Emissions

  • Following Environmental Upgrades Program and Installation of New Coal Unit

    • Particulate Matter >99.8%
    • Sulfur Dioxide 90 – 95%
    • Nitrogen Oxides 85 – 90%
    • Mercury 85 – 90%


The End

  • Questions?















Selected Demographic Data for Bexar County (CPS Service Territory)

  • Population (3/1/00) 1,392,931

  • Population Rank 24

  • Population Growth Rate 17.5% per decade

  • Population Breakdown

    • Hispanic 54.3%
    • White 36.0%
    • Black 7.2%
    • Other 2.5%
  • Median Age 32.1



Selected Demographic Data for Bexar County (CPS Service Territory) con’t

  • Median Household Income $32,374

  • Personal Income per capita $23,852

  • Personal Income % of National Avg. 87.7%

  • Persons Below Poverty Level 247,843




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