CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2002 – Midwest Generation significantly cut air emissions in its second year of operating six coal-fired power plants in Illinois in 2001. Further reductions are planned for 2002.
Midwest Generation President Georgia Nelson said the company’s coal-fired plants reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides by more than 11 percent and emissions of sulfur dioxides by almost 24 percent last year. The company achieved these cuts on top of the 13 percent reductions for both nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides in 2000, its first full year of operating plants in Illinois.
“Midwest Generation continues to demonstrate its commitment to the environment and to helping ensure that Illinois has a reliable, affordable supply of electricity,” Nelson said. “Our efforts clearly are making a positive impact on air quality in our region.”
Headquartered in Chicago, Midwest Generation acquired 12 electricity- generating facilities in Illinois in December 1999. Two of its six coal plants are located in the city of Chicago, and the others are in Waukegan, Joliet, Romeoville and Pekin. The company also owns a plant in Morris that can be fueled by gas or oil, as well as five peaker sites that can provide power to help meet peak demand.
Immediately upon acquiring its Illinois plants, Midwest Generation announced a multi-year $250 million investment to slash nitrogen oxide emissions by more than half and reduce emissions of particulate matter. More than half of the projects associated with these efforts have been completed.
Sulfur dioxide emissions have been reduced through the use of low sulfur coal. The company’s sulfur dioxide emissions rate of .47 lbs. per million btu in 2001 was barely one-fourth of the current limit allowed by Illinois law.
Furthermore, in the 25 years before Midwest Generation owned the plants, their sulfur dioxide emissions had been cut by 75 percent and their particulate emissions by more than 90 percent.
“Coal-fired generation is widely recognized as a critical component of our economy and our power supply for the foreseeable future,” Nelson said. “Our emissions reductions demonstrate that we can continue to rely on this abundant, domestic energy source while also meeting clean air goals.”
Midwest Generation is an independent power producer and is exclusively in business to generate electricity to sell wholesale in the open market. The company operates assets worth nearly $7 billion, including 12 power generating facilities in Illinois and one in western Pennsylvania. Its combined facilities can generate enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 13 million homes.
Midwest Generation is a subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy and is part of the Edison International family of companies. Based in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is an international electric power generator, distributor and structured finance provider. It is the parent company of Southern California Edison, Edison Mission Energy, Edison O&M Services, Edison Capital and Edison Enterprises.