Dale Probasco (third from left), Navigant Division Manager, presented a Generation Knowledge Service Plant Operational Excellence Award to the employees of PowerSouth’s Lowman Plant Sept. 10. Attendees included (left to right) PowerSouth Director of Power Production David Powell, Lowman Plant Manager Robby Hunt, Utility Technicians Robert Beckham and James Batley and PowerSouth Production Controller Mike Cassady.
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s Charles R. Lowman Power Plant was has been recognized by Navigant with a Generation Knowledge Service (GKS) Plant Operational Excellence Award.
The awards represent coal-fired plants that have best demonstrated excellence in cost and operational management, as well as improved performance and reliability over the most recent five-year period (2009-2013). Recipients are selected from more than 70 percent of the U.S. electric utility generation coal fleet – representing more than 212,000 megawatts of generation and more than 620 coal-fired units.
Lowman Plant, one of PowerSouth’s baseload generation facilities, includes three coal-fired units. The plant has a generating capacity of 556 megawatts — enough to power approximately 556,000 homes. The plant was selected runner-up in Navigant’s small unit category.
“The Lowman Plant proudly accepts this award,” said Robby Hunt, Lowman Plant Manager. “We were chosen after evaluation of coal-fired power plants of similar size throughout the country. It’s the efforts of our employees that put our plant in the top two in this category.”
Lowman Plant employees were recognized for the Operational Excellent Award with a luncheon and awards presentation Sept. 10.
“The U.S. coal fleet has been under intense pressure over the last few years from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) clean power plan, and our employees work hard to keep the lights on while ensuring affordability for our distribution members,” said David Powell, PowerSouth Director of Power Production. “Our Lowman Plant personnel strive to keep reliability levels high and costs in check. I commend them for this achievement, especially in today’s challenging fossil generation environment.”
Even with the increased focus on clean coal and renewable generation, coal generation provides 40 percent of the electricity generation in the U.S. When coal plants operate with greater efficiency and reliability, they are more likely to meet the industry’s increasingly stricter emissions regulations and standards.
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