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We still need power

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I have been following the Oakwood Hills power plant issue, and I have found it interesting how uninformed or misinformed the people of Oakwood Hills are.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit a combined-cycle cogeneration electric power plant fueled with liquidized natural gas (LNG) in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. The name of facility was EcoElectrica – built in 2008. The facility is tucked away between two bays and is a very quiet facility. In fact, you would have thought the plant was not operating.

Since EcoElectrica is regulated by the EPA, the vapor and plumb emissions are highly regulated. Natural gas plants also are the cleanest thermal power plants out of all the other fossil fuels. For example, the emissions for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and particulates are reduced by 99 percent, 81 percent, 58 percent and 95 percent. The pollution is reduced by 30 percent from all the other types of fossil fuel power plants.

The water used is clean and purified to be used for steam. Whatever water is not used is sent to surrounding communities and other plants to be used.

No one likes the idea of having a power plant, but we consume so much electricity that the current plants and electrical grid in the U.S. are strained. The electrical power has to come from somewhere.

Jon Koppari


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