Duke Energy's Edwardsport Generating Station in Knox County, Ind., began commercial operations in June 2013. The plant is one of the world's cleanest coal-fired power generating stations and is the first to use integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology on this scale. The 618-megawatt advanced technology plant substantially reduces the impact of burning coal to produce electricity. It replaces the company's former 160-megawatt Edwardsport plant which has been retired. It also helps fill the power gap from other power generation retirements due to new federal environmental regulations, while still using an abundant local resource, coal. At full capacity, Edwardsport will generate enough energy to power approximately a half million homes.
As the first new coal-fired power plant built in Indiana in more than 20 years, Edwardsport is a key step in modernizing the state's aging electric system. The plant's advanced technology gasifies coal, strips out pollutants, and then burns that cleaner gas to produce electricity. The plant will produce 10 times as much power as the former plant at Edwardsport, yet with about 70 percent fewer emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulates combined. Edwardsport's efficiency also reduces its carbon emissions per megawatt-hour by nearly half.
You can view images from Edwardsport on Flickr at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dukeenergy/sets/72157633543207072/