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Why do our products and services differ based on state? Because our business is regulated by state. We have regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. The different regulatory body for each state we serve determines what products and services we deliver in that state.
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.
Construction began at the plant in 1977, and it started operating in December 1981.
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.
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.
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.