Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC) is committed to improving the air quality in metro Atlanta and throughout the state in compliance with Georgia and federal regulations. To address this issue, the corporation has made hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental improvements to its coal-fired power plants, with more planned for the future. Between 1994 and 2014, Oglethorpe Power reduced the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by approximately 73 percent and sulfur dioxide (SO2) by approximately 95 percent. During the same period, fossil-fuel electricity generation increased by more than 67 percent. These reductions were accomplished primarily through the installation of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) technology at the Wansley coal-fired plant and by switching to lower sulfur Powder River Basin coal at Units 1 and 2 of Plant Scherer. These efforts have also significantly reduced the emissions of NOx during the summer ozone season, when air quality problems in urban areas like Atlanta often arise. In fact, the average ozone season NOx emission rate for Oglethorpe Power power plants declined by nearly 92 percent between 1995 and 2013. Mercury emissions have been reduced dramatically as well. Between 2000 and 2013, mercury emissions dropped by more than 78 percent with the addition of activated carbon injection and baghouses at Plant Scherer, and the SCR and FGD control technology at Plant Wansley.
OPC has made hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental improvements to its plants.
Mercury emissions are down by more than 78 percent in 2013 compared to 2000 levels.
NOx and SO2 emissions have dropped by approximately 73 and 95 percent respecitively.
Emissions of NOx during the summer ozone season has been reduced by 92 percent between 1995 and 2013.