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Title: Environmental Impacts and Permitting of Peaker Power Plants in Illinois Part I


1
Environmental Impacts and Permitting of Peaker
Power Plants in IllinoisPart I
  • Presented by
  • The Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Technical
    Outreach Services for Communities

2
Peaker Power Plant Fact Sheet
  • http//www.epa.state.il.us/air/fact-sheets/peaker-
    power-plant.html
  • A peaker power plant produces energy only during
    peak demand periods such as hot summer days.
  • The fact sheet describes potential environmental
    and health impacts and the permitting process.

3
Peaker Power Plant Fact Sheet
  • The primary air pollutants from a peaker plant
    are those associated with burning natural gas.
  • Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Small amounts of particulate matter, volatile
    organic compounds, and sulfur dioxide.
  • Some peaker plant have the ability to burn other
    fuels such as distillate fuel oil.

4
Peaker Power Plants Permits
  • Illinois EPA permits peaker plants though
    regulations that limit air emissions and direct
    water discharges.
  • The IEPA permits do not address location issues.
  • IEPA requires air quality modeling in the
    permits.

5
Peaker Power Plants Permits
  • IEPA cannot place a moratorium on issuance of
    permits.
  • Permit applications must be processed within 180
    days.
  • The Rolls-Royce Power Ventures permit application
    was submitted May 1.

6
Peaker Power Plants Noise
  • IEPA handles complaints related to noise
    pollution in the office of
    Greg Zak, 217-785-7729.
  • 50 100 peaker plants have operated in Illinois
    during the past 20 years with no complaints about
    noise.
  • Noise issues from the gas powered turbine engines
    have been handled by silencers or mufflers.

7
Peaker Power Plants Noise
  • Noise limitations at the nearest residence
  • 61 dB(a) from 700 am to 1000 pm
  • 51 dB(a) from 1000 pm to 700 am
  • dB(a) refers to decibels on a scale that accounts
    for human ear function
  • 61 dB(a) is similar to the volume of a
    conversation of a person standing 3 feet away
  • 51 dB(a) is about half the perceived volume as 61
    dB(a)

8
Peaker Power Plants Noise
  • Engineering controls handle have solved most
    noise issues.
  • Mufflers or silencers will probably be visible
    from the outside of the building as cylinders
    about 6 feet in diameter and 20 feet long.
  • Greg Zak says domesticated animals and wildlife
    should not be affected by the noise.

9
Additional Resources
  • The Woods and Wetlands Sierra Club web site has
    many links to peaker plant related issues in
    Illinois.
  • http//sc.org/chapters/il/ww/powerplants.html
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