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James River power station switches from coal to natural gas

Oct 8, 2015

Recently announced environmental regulations will impact how many electric utilities operate on coal. After evaluating the EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals Regulations (CCR), City Utilities will discontinue the use of coal at James River Power Station on October 15, 2015. This action will remain in place until further notice, with additional research needed to determine the full impact of the new regulations on coal operations at this plant.

Both generating units at the John Twitty Energy Center (JTEC) will continue using coal and are in compliance with the regulations with minimal modifications required to Unit-1.

“Since the late 1950’s, James River Power Station has been a critical component in providing low cost, reliable electricity for our community,” said Scott Miller, General Manager and CEO. “The plant is unique in the fact it has always had the capability to generate electricity using natural gas or coal. Because of this design, the station will remain operational using natural gas as the fuel source. With current natural gas prices, this change will not impact what our customer’s pay for energy today. James River Power Station remains an important power generation resource for the customers of City Utilities of Springfield.”

City Utilities of Springfield has a diverse electric supply resource mix including coal, natural gas, wind, solar, landfill methane, and hydroelectric. CU provides electricity to 111,000 customers in our community.