Cayuga Generating Station

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Cayuga Generating Station is an electricity-generating facility, located at 39°55′26″N 87°25′38″W / 39.92389°N 87.42722°W / 39.92389; -87.42722Coordinates: 39°55′26″N 87°25′38″W / 39.92389°N 87.42722°W / 39.92389; -87.42722 in Eugene Township, Vermillion County, near Cayuga, Indiana. Its almost identical, coal-fired units 1 and 2 were launched into service in 1970 and 1972, and have a combined name-plate generating capacity of 1,062 MWe. Unit 4 (121 MWe, launched in 1993) is powered by natural gas, but can also be switched to oil.[1] There are also four minor oil-fired units (numbered 31–34, 2.6 MWe each) of internal combustion design. The facility is entirely owned by Duke Energy.[2]

Environmental impact[edit]

SO2 air emissions[edit]

In 2006, the plant emitted 86,174 tons of SO2 into the air. Its SO2 emission rate per unit of electricity produced was 26.68 lb/MWh in 2006, ranking 2nd worst in the United States.[3] In 2008, Cayuga Station's wet scrubbers or Flue Gas Desulfurization for units 1 and 2 went online reducing the station’s sulfur dioxide emissions by approximately 95 percent.[4]

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