TXU has said IGCC can't be used in Texas. But another power company
just announced plans to build a modern, cleaner IGCC coal-fired
electricity generating plant. If so equipped, IGCC allows cheaper
capture of 90% to 95% of toxic mercury, and capture of carbon dioxide and
However, wind power emits no smoke and, if the cost of damage to our
health and environment is counted, is cheaper than coal.
Nan Hildreth, 713-842-6643
From: "Colin Rowan"
Colin Rowan, Environmental Defense, (512) 691-3416
Proposed IGCC Plant in Corpus Christi
Questions TXU Myth That Technology Won't Work in Texas
(October 4, 2006 Austin) Houston-based Tondu Corporation
recently filed an application with the Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality seeking a permit for a new IGCC (coal gasification) power plant
on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.
The story first ran in Wednesday's Corpus Christi Caller
The 600-megawatt plant would generate enough electricity to
power 600,000 homes.
This announcement stands in stark contrast to claims by
another Texas utility, TXU, that IGCC technology is a "gleam in
someone's eye" and cannot be used in Texas. IGCC significantly
reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and
mercury, runs more efficiently, produces 15% less carbon dioxide (CO2,
the most plentiful greenhouse gas) and allows for the capture of carbon
before it is emitted into the air.
Rather than exploring IGCC technology, TXU is proposing 11
1950s-style coal-fired power plants across Texas that will each produce,
per megawatt, between three and six times the NOx and between six and 10
times the SO2 of the Tondu plant. TXU's new plants will also produce 78
million new tons of CO2 each year.
Yesterday, Environmental Defense and 50 other environmental
advocacy groups from across the country delivered to TXU CEO John Wilder
a letter urging him to halt his rush to dirty coal. See the letter
The following statements can be attributed to Jim
Marston, regional director of Environmental Defense. He is available for
comment at 512-478-5161.
"Contrary to TXUs claim that IGCC can't be used in
Texas, Tondu plans to use it to construct the cleanest solid fueled power
plant ever built. Either TXU executives aren't up to speed on clean ways
to generate electricity, or they are aware, but are choosing to build
dirty coal plants anyway. Either way, TXU looks like an energy dinosaur
that simply doesn't understand Texas' need to produce cleaner
"This announcement shows that there are cleaner energy
alternatives to TXU's dirty coal plants, and that IGCC is a
cost-effective option for power companies in Texas.
"TXU's plan of action is clear: build cheap and dirty
plants, disregard the serious environmental and public health
consequences, and charge customers higher, clean-energy rates. Tondu, on
the other hand, proposes that it can use modern technology in Texas and
still make a fair profit.
"IGCC emission standards are reasonable and achievable,
and the TCEQ should only approve permits for new power plants like the
Tondu IGCC plant and reject the dirtier, out-of-date technology proposed
Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit
organization, represents more than 400,000 members. Since 1967,
Environmental Defense has linked science, economics, law and innovative
private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most
serious environmental problems. The Texas office was established in
Austin in 1990.
Nan Hildreth, Houston 713-842-6643
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