If you drive down PCH in Huntington Beach you will pass the only power plant in Orange County asp 첨부파일 다운로드. Located at Newland and PCH, across the street from the beach.
The natural gas plant is owned by AES a leading global power company with 132 plants in 32 countries with $17 billion in revenue 다운로드. It is currently listed at #150 on the Fortune 500 (pdf) 윈도우7 ios 다운로드.
In California, it operates 2 other natural gas plants in Los Alamitos and Redondo Beach 피파 18 한글 다운로드. As well as 5 wind stations. Although, the largest section of its portfolio are coal powered plants located elsewhere in the USA.
In 2001, the company petitioned to upgrade and then turn on gas burners 3 and 4 (additional source), which would bring the capacity up to 904 MW 블루스택 1. They were successful and, in 2002, the city valued the plant at $325 million 다운로드.
We do seem to be pretty lucky since I can find no reports of explosions, leaks, waste dumps, or the like. Even the fuel, natural gas, is by far the cleanes and abundant in this country:
“The combustion of natural gas emits almost 30 percent less carbon dioxide than oil, and just under 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal.”
As for cooling, the location of the plant offers it easy access to ocean water 다운로드. Which has gotten it into trouble after a 2007 ruling requires power plants to reduce by 95% any marine life damage they cause t고딕. Their best option would be to operate a closed-loop system where water is reused, more energy is created, and only 5% is lost during operations. This system is obviously the best but also the most expensive.
AES has until 2020 to make these changes and looks to be doing so. In a first step they sold two of the four turbines to Edison Mission so they can build a plant in the City of Industry. After those turbines are gone AES plans to modernize the plant and possibly even remove the smokestacks.
Imagine the power plant of the future being a nondescript office building…
Photo at top by Bill Graf
Photo at bottom by Tony Sanchez