Coal-Fired Plants in Iowa
Ames 7&8
Location: IA
Operator: Ames Electric Services
Configuration: 1 X 33 MW, 1 X 70 MW
Operation: 1967-1981
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Refuse derived fuel (RDF) from the Ames Resource Recovery System supplies approximately 10% of plant heat input.

Photograph courtesy of Ames Electric Services
Posted 4 Jul 2003

Burlington
Location: IA
Operator: Interstate Power & Light Co
Configuration: 1 X 212 MW
Operation: 1968
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: Two 23-MW gas turbines were installed at Burlington in 1995.

Photograph courtesy of Alliant Energy
Posted 2 Jul 2005

Council Bluffs 1-3
Location: IA
Operator: MidAmerican Energy
Configuration: 1 X 43 MW, 1 X 88 MW, 1 X 675 MW
Operation: 1954-1979
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: Renamed Walter Scott Jr Energy Center after the former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons and current Berkshire Hathaway board member who was instrumental in the formation of the current MidAmerican Energy company. Units 1&2 were closed in Mar 2015.

Photograph courtesy of MidAmerican Energy
Posted 22 Apr 2003

Dubuque
Location: IA
Operator: Interstate Power & Light Co
Configuration: 1 X 15 MW, 1 X 29 MW, 1 X 38 MW
Operation: 1929-1959
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: Springfield, Riley Stoker
T/G supplier: GE, WH
Quick facts: This plant is on the Mississippi in downtown Dubuque. Unit-2, the oldest set, is a manually-operated, 250-psi machine that only operates in emergency situations. Starting in 2000, the plant boilers were converted from design Illinois Basin coal to PRB and Colorado subbittuminous coal. New plant investment includes a distributed control system. Dubuque may be switched to natural gas if a proposed new coal unit at Sutherland goes forward.

Photograph courtesy of Alliant Energy
Posted 20 Jul 2005

F E Fair
Location: IA
Operator: Central Iowa Power Cooperative
Configuration: 1 X 25 MW, 1 X 37.5 MW
Operation: 1960-1967 (ret)
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier:RS, FW
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Stanley
Quick facts: On 2 Nov 2013, the Fair PS burned its last coal and closed down after more than 50yrs of service. The site is along the Mississippi River on Iowa Highway 22 near Montpelier, Muscatine Co. On 10 Aug 1955, the Eastern Iowa REC board approved an REA loan application for $10,490,000 for the construction Unit-1 and it went online in Feb1960. It was later renamed Fair Station in honor of long-time coop general manager F E Fair.

Photograph courtesy of qctimes.com
Posted 16 Nov 2013

George Neal North
Location: IA
Operator: MidAmerican Energy
Configuration: 1 X 147 MW, 1 X 395 MW, 1 X 550 MW
Operation: 1964-1975
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: FW, B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Ebasco

Photograph courtesy of MidAmerican Energy
Posted 22 Apr 2003

George Neal South
Location: IA
Operator: MidAmerican Energy
Configuration: 1 X 640 MW
Operation: 1979
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Ebasco
Quick facts: Neal South has 10 different joint owners including seven municipal utilities, one coop, and two investor-owned companies.

Photograph courtesy of MidAmerican Energy
Posted 26 Jul 2005

Lansing
Location: IA
Operator: Interstate Power & Light Co
Configuration: 2 X 15 MW, 1 X 38 MW, 1 X 275 MW
Operation: 1948-1977
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Riley Stoker
T/G supplier: AC, WH
EPC: Sargent & Lundy
Quick facts: Since the start of the Peregrine Utility Program in 1988, approximately 300 young falcons have been born at power plant locations along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and more than 500 at power plants in the Midwest. In June 2005, five peregrine chicks hatched at a nesting box halfway up Lansing’s 499ft stack.

Photograph courtesy of Alliant Energy
Posted 2 Jul 2005

Louisa
Location: IA
Operator: MidAmerican Energy Co
Configuration: 1 X 812 MW
Operation: 1983
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: In Oct 1977, Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electtric, Iowa Power and Light Co, Iowa Public Service Co, Eastern Iowa Light and Power Coop and the City of Tipton entered an agreement to build Louisa, then rated at about 685 MW. The unit went online in Oct 1983 and has been considerably uprated. In Dec 2007, a new $170mn FGD scrubber and baghouse were retorfit to the plant. Later, Burns & McDonnell and Kiewit Industrial formed a JV to engineer and manage a large APC system retrofit at Louisa comprising a baghouse, dry lime FGD, and ash handling system. Construction began in spring 2010 and completed in 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Burns & McDonnell
Posted 26 Jan 2013

M L Kapp
Location: IA
Operator: Interstate Power & Light Co
Configuration: 1 X 19 MW, 1 X 219 MW
Operation: 1944-1967
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Sargent & Lundy

Photograph courtesy of Alliant Energy
Posted 2 Jul 2005

Muscatine 7-9
Location: IA
Operator: Muscatine Power & Water
Configuration: 1 X 25 MW, 1 X 75 MW, 1 X 18 MW, 1 X 176 MW
Operation: 1958-1983
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural ga
Boiler supplier: Wickes, B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Stanley

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 15 Feb 2012

Ottumwa
Location: IA
Operator: Interstate Power & Light Co
Configuration: 1 X 731 MW
Operation: 1981
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: Ottumwa is jointly-owned with MidAmerican Energy. In Dec 2003, plant staff began a test burn of switchgrass. A $491mn APCS uprgade was completed at Ottumwa in Mar 2015. This comprises a semidry FGD plus baghouse from B&W plus related systems and upgrades, all engineered by B&V. The project started in Q2, 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Alliant Energy
Posted 2 Jul 2005

Sixth Street 7&8
Location: IA
Operator: Interstate Power & Light Co
Configuration: 1 X 15 MW, 1 X 29 MW
Operation: 1956-1961
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Springfield
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: The first unit at Sixth Street went online in 1917.

Photograph courtesy of Alliant Energy
Posted 20 Jul 2005

Sutherland
Location: IA
Operator: Interstate Power & Light Co
Configuration: 2 X 32 MW, 1 X 82 MW
Operation: 1956-1961
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Riley Stoker, B&W
T/G supplier: AC, GE

Photograph courtesy of Alliant Energy
Posted 20 Jul 2005

University of Iowa Main Plant
Location: IA
Operator: University of Iowa
Configuration: 1 X 3 MW, 1 X 4 MW, 1 X 18 MW
Operation: 1947-1973
Fuel: coal, natural gas, oat hulls
Boiler supplier: RS, CE, FW
T/G supplier: Worthington, Elliott, EMC, Ridgeway
Quick facts: This CHP plant has five boilers and three T/G sets. Two boilers are solid fuel, one stoker and one retrofit in 1994 with CFB equipment. Since 2002, UI has been burning oat hulls in the CFB and biomass now accounts for up to half of the heat input.

Photograph courtesy of University of Iowa
Posted 24 May 2005

   
Walter Scott Jr-4
Location: IA
Operator: MidAmerican Energy
Configuration: 1 X 890 MW
Operation: 2007
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Babcock-Hitachi
T/G supplier: Hitachi
EPC: Mitsui, Hitachi, Sargent & Lundy
Quick facts: Construction on this $1.2bn unit began in Sep 2003 and employment peaked at more than 2,000 workers. The unit went commercial 1 Jun 2007, the first supercritical unit built in the USA in over 15yrs. It was named Power magazine's Plant of the Year. Construction required 15,000t of structural steel in the boiler building alone, 92,000 yds³ of concrete, 230,000ft of piping, and 5mn ft of wire Annual property taxes for Unit-4 to local jurisdictions are expected to be $3.7mn in addition to the $1.8mn paid by Units 1-3. Hitachi and others supplied state-of-the-art emissions control equipment including a baghouse, a spray-dry FGD scrubber, activated carbon injection for mercury control, plus SCR, Low NOx burners, and a separated over-fire air system. Joint owners include, Central Iowa Power Coop, Corn Belt Power Coop, Lincoln Electric System, Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska and 10 Iowa cities - Alta, Cedar Falls, Eldridge, Montezuma, New Hampton, Pella, Spencer, Sumner, Waverly and West Bend. A 124mi, 345kV transmission line was constructed to Des Moines and a 14mn, 161kV line was built to Omaha.

Photograph courtesy of MidAmerican Energy
Posted 25 Aug 2007

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Updated 03-Feb-2016

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