Press Release: Unit 2 of PSEC online
MARISSA, IL — Unit 2 of Prairie State Energy Campus’s 1600-megawatt power plant went live today, producing commercial power for its nine owners and their 2.5 million customers. Unit 2 is now under the control of the Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC) team, a significant milestone in the process of completing the largest coal-fueled power plant built in the U.S. in the last 30 years. Beginning November 3, 2012, all 1,600 megawatts of PSEC power will be scheduled by the PSEC Owners for the benefit of and use by its municipal and electric cooperative customer/members, from Missouri to West Virginia.
Recent tuning and performance testing has yielded excellent results for the benefit of its owners. The Campus will exceed its rated capacity of 1,600 MW and be more efficient, therefore lowering cost to operate adn being more friendly to the environment. Both units have been tested and are being scheduled at higher than their nameplate capabilities of 800 MW per unit; Unit 1 at 812 MW and Unit 2 in excess of 809 MW.
The higher output capability, better efficiency, and lower operating costs associated with the Near Field facility further support the PSEC being one of the lowest dispatch cost coal units in the U.S. fleet providing PSEC’s Owners with a financially sound and sustainable investment for their member communities for the next 30-plus years.
Located in Washington County, Illinois, an hour south of St. Louis, PSEC invested more than $1 billion in environmental emissions control equipment, allowing it to meet and exceed the newest U.S. EPA and state regulations. During peak construction, the PSEC employed over 4,000 union tradesman and women paying over $1 billion in wages, and will employ over 550 permanent employees.
For more information, please visit www.prairiestateenergycampus.com.