Feb 06, 2015 - 4:15pm

Is This America's Last Coal Plant?


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Arkansas Ultra Supercritical Coal Plant Technology Faces Extinction

It is no secret that affordable and reliable energy is the backbone of our nation's economy, enabling businesses and industry to grow and produce high-paying jobs for American workers. 

Much less appreciated, however, is the degree to which technological innovation is making U.S. energy resources cleaner than ever, without sacrificing affordability.

There is no better example of this than Southwestern Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) John W. Turk Power Plant in western Arkansas. Operational in 2012, the ultra-supercritical coal plant burns 180,000 fewer tons of coal and produces 320,000 fewer tons of carbon dioxide annually, making it 15% more efficient than any other coal-powered plant.

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