Grand River Dam Authority considers options to replace coal unit in Chouteau

The Grand River Dam Authority said it wants to replace a coal-fired generating unit at its Coal-Fired Complex in Chouteau because of pending environmental regulations on coal emissions.
by Paul Monies Modified: December 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm •  Published: December 15, 2012
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Whitney Pearson, with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Oklahoma, said GRDA’s exploration of other options is “another example of how the economics of coal in Oklahoma no longer make sense.” She said the Sierra Club looks forward to GRDA phasing out its other coal unit at Chouteau.

“Critical Clean Air Act standards are protecting public health and ensuring that utilities cannot pollute our communities unabated,” Pearson said. “Oklahoma has an abundance of wind and solar potential that are viable options to meet GRDA’s power needs.”

Generally, coal- and gas-fired plants are used by utilities for what’s called baseload generation. Wind and solar are intermittent sources.

GRDA, based in Vinita, generates electricity from three hydroelectric projects, the coal plant in Chouteau, a natural gas plant in Luther and by a power-purchase agreement for wind energy under construction in Canadian County.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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Critical Clean Air Act standards are protecting public health and ensuring that utilities cannot pollute our communities unabated. Oklahoma has an abundance of wind and solar potential that are viable options to meet GRDA's power needs.”

Whitney Pearson,
Sierra Club's Beyond Coal

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