Coal, Retrofits & Upgrades, Wind

Kansas coal plant approved

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. said a Prevention of Significant Deterioration air quality construction permit for its 895 MW Holcomb expansion project was approved by Acting Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment John Mitchell.

This decision allows Sunflower to proceed with construction of a coal-based unit. The $2.2 billion project will take approximately 52 months to build.

Sunflower initially filed an application in 2006 for two 700 MW units. In 2009, as a result of a compromise, Sunflower resumed the permitting process for the current 895 MW project.

Current Gov. Mark Parkinson approved the 895 MW plant as long as Sunflower agreed to build more wind turbines and more pollution controls and make a greater investment in energy efficiency.

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