By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Cities
A new power plant to be built in California will be the first in the nation to set a limit on its carbon dioxide output.
The company will limit the output of the planned 612-megawatt Russell City Energy Center in anticipation of federal regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.
Set to begin construction this year, the power plant was required to get a permit that sets limits on conventional pollutants such as nitrogen oxides. But Calpine went further, and voluntarily asked for a permit to legally limit carbon dioxide, using the same methods as conventional pollutants.
"We applaud the BAAQMD and Calpine for going beyond existing federal law and being the first in the nation to require an enforceable greenhouse gas limit," said Linda Adams, California State Secretary for Environmental Protection, in prepared remarks. "This action furthers efforts at a statewide level to balance our economic needs while meeting our environmental challenges. Aggressive and early action like this is needed to fight global warming and is critical to our economic recovery."
Calpine said the new facility will be designed to operate in a way that produces 50 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the most advanced coal-fired plants and 25 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the California state standard.
Powered by cleaner burning natural gas, the plant will use what Calpine calls "advanced combined-cycle technology." It will also use 100 percent reclaimed water from the City of Hayward's Water Pollution Control Facility for cooling and boiler makeup.
Image: Calpine's Delta power plant in Pittsburg, California
Feb 8, 2010
CO2 is a serious problem for our planet and is the main contributor to global climate change. I'm thrilled to see a power plant that is taking that into consideration and limiting their CO2 emissions before they are regulated to do so. It's the good citizen thing to do. But burning Natural Gas emits just half of the CO2 that burning coal does. So it seems more like you've chosen a cleaner fuel and that's what's limiting the CO2.
The American people have said no to Cap and Trade. Polls suggest there are insufficient votes in the Senate. Why pretend the will of the people has already been trampled by special interests? Cap & Trade is being forced on us because it creates a multi-trillion dollar commodity market. The beneficiaries are special interest who will set up the exchanges and trade in hot house gases and companies expecting federal subsidies to create alternative fuels and transportation. But citizens will pay more taxes and more for goods as business passes the cost along. And all this based on global warming theories proposed by scientists dependent on proving their theories in order to continue receiving federal grant money. Question: did Fred Flintstone?s truck fleet cause the last period of global warming or is global warming a cyclical event that is more affected by sun spot cycles. The Earth has had multiple tropical and glacial ages over the millennia. The most recent news is that the oceans of the world will be cooling for the next 25-30 years. Furthermore, it is my understanding that the most prevalent hot house gas is water vapor. Should citizens of earth try to stop the rain cycle? There is a political STD called Gonorrhea Lectim that runs rampant in the US. The cure is VotemOutOfThere!
Increases in CO2 do not have a 'linear' relationship to how much heat they trap. The effect is logarithmic. At present concentrations any heat trap increase from a significant increase in CO2 will be indistiguishable from the "room for error" used when measuring heat increases. In other words, it is irrelevant!
Any power generating station is only supplying the electrical demand required by homes and industry. Continuous work on generating stations to be more efficient while demand dictates emissions is working at the problem in reverse. Buildings becoming urban heat islands costs the city of Los Angeles alone over 100 million dollars a year in energy costs. 100% of it is a waste and reacting to symptoms of buildings being radiated by the same sun that burns our skin. Building and energy codes call for us to use paint, shade or finishes on the exterior that reflect solar radiation. If you don't reflect solar radiation, the building will be radiated and generate heat the building isn't insulated for. Due to the fact it couldn't be seen, professionals reacted to the symptoms with massive electrical waste, emissions and ozone depletion. Here is a link to show you urban heat islands and the cause with infrared applications employed at the molecular level. Paint or shade to decrease the electrical load, not increase electrical generation to accommodate waste. http://www.thermoguy.com/urbanheat.html
How much more per kilowatt hour will electricity from this plant cost than from more traditional plants? Did the people of California agree to higher electrical costs? Do the majority of voters in California believe in global warming? Cheap energy encorages job creation. I am sure the 10% of Americans who are unemployed feel warm and fuzzy about this new plant!