Longview’s best-in-class heat rate (efficiency), low-cost fuel source and other project efficiencies combine to produce the lowest cost of dispatch (delivery of electricity) of any coal-fired plant in the 13-State PJM Interconnection, and is among the lowest in the world.
Along with being the lowest-cost provider, Longview has consistently operated at a heat rate of 8750 btu/kwh, making it the most efficient coal fired power plant in North America. Moreover, the plant runs at a capacity factor in excess of 85%.
Longview Power includes best-in-class air pollution control systems that effectively maintain emissions well below its environmental permit limits, which are among the most stringent in the nation for coal plants. Furthermore, Longview’s CO2 output is 15% better than industry average CO2 output. Longview was certified by the West Virginia Public Service Commission to have the lowest CO2 emissions of any coal-fired plant in West Virginia.
In 2015, the facility increased the SO2 removal capacity of its wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system to achieve up to 99.5% removal of SO2 and increased the size of its pulse jet fabric filter system to achieve greater than 99% removal of particulate matter. Moreover, Longview is fully compliant with the new federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”), with emissions well below than the permitted limits.
Longview Power further limits environmental impacts by minimizing its water requirements and efficiently using and reusing water, with no discharges to surface waters.