Harrington Station is a coal-fired, steam-electric generating station with three operating units. Fuel Source: Low-sulfur coal supplied primarily from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Harrington Station was named in honor of the late Don Harrington, a prominent businessman and philanthropist who was a member of Southwestern Public Service Company’s board of directors.
Harrington Station was the first modern coal-fired power plant brought into the SPS system. Harrington Station was named “Plant of the Year” by the Powder River Basin Coal User’s Group in 2015 for its innovation and best practices in safety, coal handling, plant operations and environmental performance. Harrington will be featured in an upcoming edition of POWER magazine as one of the PRB coal group's Plants of the Year, and also inducted into its Power Plant Hall of Fame. Xcel Energy's Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas, received the honor in 2010.
Harrington Unit 2 features the first-ever large scale baghouse for use on a new utility boiler burning coal. Baghouses act like giant vacuum cleaners, removing particulate emissions from the flue gas by more than 99 percent. The efforts at Harrington eventually set the baghouse technology performance standard now required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the nation’s electric utilities.
All of the ash captured at Harrington is sold for use in construction, road fill and other technologies rather than going to a landfill.
The plant neighbors Xcel Energy's Nichols Station, a natural gas plant. The two use about 15 million gallons of recycled water a day from the city of Amarillo for cooling – saving fresh water for other purposes.
Harrington Station and its employees support many local and regional nonprofit and civic organizations and educational institutions.
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