BRILLIANT - American Electric Power showed off the results of multi-million dollar environmental upgrades at its Cardinal Plant in Brilliant on Wednesday, allowing members of the Jefferson County Safety Council to tour one of the generating units and see for themselves how state-of-the-art technology is working to protect the environment as well as the power grid.
The plant's three generating units are equipped with sophisticated flue gas desulfurization systems, better known as scrubbers, that reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by up to 98 percent, according to officials.
The No. 3 unit, however, uses a cooling tower as its stack. While the technology is commonplace in Europe, AEP officials told the group it's the first time it's been used in America.
SEEING FIRST HAND — Members of Jefferson County Safety Council toured American Electric Power’s Cardinal Plant in Brilliant Wednesday seeing first-hand the environmental upgrades that have been made there as well as listening to plant officials explain how the systems.
"We have state-of-the-art air pollution controls on all three units," Cardinal Plant Manager Chuck George told the safety council, pointing out the environmental upgrades remove sulfur gases as well as nitrogen oxides and dramatically reduce mercury emissions.
AEP and Buckeye Power, comprised of 25 rural electric cooperatives, own the plant.