Steam-Plume Abatement Resisted As Costly Add-On

Long, J.T.
December 2004
ENR: Engineering News-Record;12/20/2004, Vol. 253 Issue 24, p17
Trade Publication
This article reports that plume-abatement technology should be added to the cooling tower of a new powerplant at a cost of $1.3 million to reduce ground-fogging on a nearby highway, says the California Energy Commission's (CEC) staff. CEC officials say recent advances in technology make plume abatement feasible, but the owner, a municipal utility, claims that the costly safety addition is unnecessary. Commission staff evaluating Roseville Electric Department's application to build the$ 165-million Roseville Energy Park, a 160-MW, two-unit, natural-gas-fired, combined-cycle powerplant. In California alone, numerous projects, including Midway Power LLP's proposed 1,125-MW Tesla plant in Alameda County and Calpine/Bechtel Enterprises' almost completed 600-MW Metcalf Energy Center in San Jose, are using the technology.


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