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Pawnee Generating Station

Pawnee Generating Station

This station has a comprehensive control system that enables reliable operations and state-of-the-art diagnostic troubleshooting


Location: Brush, Colo.

Plant Description: Pawnee Station is a coal-fired, steam-electric generating station.

Power Production Capabilities: 505 megawatts (MW) from one unit

Fuel Source: Low-sulfur coal from the Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo.

Plant History

Construction began at the plant in 1977, and it started operating in December 1981.

Interesting Features

Pawnee has a comprehensive control system with CRT interface, which allows reliable operations and state-of-the-art diagnostic troubleshooting. Also located on Pawnee Station property is the Manchief Power Plant, a 250 MW gas-fired combustion turbine plant. Manchief is owned by Capital Power Income LP. 

 Xcel Energy purchases the electric output of Manchief.

Environmental Highlights

Clean Air Clean Jobs Act: In spring of 2010, the Colorado legislature passed the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which Xcel Energy supported. The legislation requires regulated utilities, like Xcel Energy, to work to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants. As a result, controls to reduce plant emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide at Pawnee will be installed by 2014.

Air emissions are controlled at Pawnee Station by a baghouse, which was installed in 1994. A baghouse acts like a giant vacuum cleaner, removing particulate emissions from the flue gas by more than 99 percent. The plant also has fuel blending facilities, dust suppression and collection equipment and low NOx burners to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.

Pawnee Station is a zero discharge plant, which means no process water is discharged from the plant site. Water for Pawnee is pumped five miles from wells to a 140-acre reservoir on the plant site. The Colorado Division of Wildlife raises fish in this reservoir.

Community Involvement

Pawnee Station employees are involved in various civic and community organizations in the Brush and Ft. Morgan area, including the Brush Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. The plant sponsors community activities and events including the Brush Rodeo. Pawnee Station also provides tours of the facility for the community.

For more information:

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