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There were proposals from 30 companies for new power plants with a total of 100 turbines, totaling over 16,000 MW (the Zion nukes were 2,000 MW) of new generating capacity as of December 1, 1999 in Illinois. As of January 11, 2000 there are 40 companies. We are working against the clock to get the legislature to address the need for regional planning and siting. We need you to call your legislator and ask for Illinois EPA to play a greater role. We think that
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Gas Turbine Power Plants are similar in many ways, but there are important variations. Peakers must start quickly, and rely on a "simple cycle" jet engine and turbine to drive a generator. They throw away about 2/3 of the energy from the fuel right out the stack as super hot exhaust plume. Instead of throwing that energy away, "combined cycle" plants add an additional steam turbine/generator that uses the hot exhaust to boil water into steam. This roughy doubles the energy efficiency, and only 1/3 of the energy is wasted. However, the steam cycle requires huge quantities of water. Operations of gas turbine facilities by other companies has revealed that the simple cycle part of a combined cycle facility can be operated alone as a peaker, with the secondary steam cycle operating when longer startup times are scheduled, and this is the typical startup routine for a such a plant. There are several other options for putting the exhaust heat to use, particularly if the power plant is located near other industrial processes that require heat. It can even be used to provide cooling through a curious absorptive cycle! Few of these are viable when the power plant is sited in rural open space.
Management Bill Introduced By Rep. Jack FranksThanks
to the outcry of activists on this issue, the work of Lake County Board
member Bonnie Carter, and the County Board Resolution (next item), Rep.
Franks has introduced legislation to deal with our limited ancient groundwater
resource. It gives power to regulate use of groundwater to select Counties.
Please call Rep. Franks and thank him for introducing this bill on 1/13/000:
815-334-0063 (click the logo for other ways to contact him). This bill
died in committee.
A bill to study the problem was introduced in the Senate by Klemm, SB1672 , and now sponsored in the House by Andrea Moore. Please ask your state Senator to support this bill.
Lake County Board Resolution W&W is proud of the County Board for unanimously passing this resolution asking the IEPA to delay action on all pending peaker plant permits until appropriate guidelines can be established.
Microturbines These miniature peaker power plants are the size of a broom closet, and designed to be the primary source of electricity for large stores or businesses. They could be a better solution, or they could be worse, but they are coming to a location near you in 2000.
to Pollutant Aerosols Under High Voltage Powerlines
A. P. Fews, D. L. Henshaw, P. A. Keitch, J. J. Close and R. J. Wilding:
International Journal of Radiation Biology, Vol. 75, no. 12, pages 1505-1521, 1999.
Powerlines produce corona ions that attach to pollutants and cause a 1.5 to 3 times increased deposition of pollutants on the body. This would apply to the pollutants generated by the plant if the plume mingles with the corona ion stream. Since the stacks are near transmission wire height, this is likely. (Posted globally on 12/8/99.)
IL EPA and Gas Power Plant Siting
Open letter from W&W to IL Representatives on the need to regulate siting of these plants.
Sierra Club has had electric powerplant siting policy since 1978, and it addresses the heart of the issues we are now facing with every proposed plant.
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