Grays Ferry Cogeneration project
(Photo courtesy of Trigen)

When the Clean Air Act of 1970 was passed, electric utilities were responsible for a significant fraction of point source air pollution.... so it was not surprising that I worked extensively in this industry during the 1970's.

Compliance and permit issues, fuel conversions, intermittent control systems, and lots and lots of dispersion modeling......

Later, I wrote the dispersion modeling section of the revised Environmental Engineers' Handbook

In the 1980s and 1990s, I worked for independent power producers (IPPs), and obtained environmental permits for a number of power projects:

Sayreville, NJ -- 300 MW

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit

Natural gas fired, combined cycle cogeneration

Part of what was then the largest single independent power financing ($600 million) in U.S. history.

Grays Ferry, Philadelphia, PA -- 170 MW

Multi-unit "synthetic minor" netting permit

District heating cogeneration for urban steam loop in Philadelphia

$167 million combustion turbine/heat recovery steam generator/auxiliary boiler

Additional permit revisions when turbine vendor changed and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system added.

Grays Ferry was Power magazine's "Power Plant of the Year" in 1999
  Read about the facility in a 2002 District Energy article

City of Philadelphia's Northeast and Southwest Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Digester gas cogeneration and standby diesel units

Northeast facility: three digester gas Caterpillar gas units (@ 650, 500, and 225 kW) and
  seven standby Detroit Diesel engines (@ 2340 hp)
Southwest facility: two digester gas Dorman Engines (@ 593 hp) and
  ten Detroit Diesel engines (@ 1550 hp)

Selective catalytic reduction for NOx control

Other projects too (e.g., woodwaste gasifier permit for recycling facility, modeling of combustion turbines in Ecuador, etc.)

Check out my 2003 Conference Keynote Presentation at the 94th Annual Conference of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).

Cover photo. Grays Ferry Cogeneration Plant, Philadelphia, PA, by Deepta Sateesh, 2005
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