LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

May 12, 2015

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

PRPA:

Cassie Archuleta

 

Doug Adair

Michael Jones

 

Mike O’Brien

Kimberly Karish

 

Paul Schulz

Evelyn King

 

Deborah Shaneman

Joseph Wilson

 

Chris Wood

 

 

 

Guests:

 

Commissioner:

Dan King

 

Lew Gaiter

 

 

 

 

 

Staff :

 

 

Doug Ryan

 

The May 12, 2015 Environmental and Science Advisory Board meeting consisted of an afternoon field trip to the Rawhide Energy Station operated by the Platte River Power Authority (PRPA). 

 

The PRPA is governed by an eight-member board of directors appointed by the four owner municipalities (Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park). 

 

Chris Wood, Environmental Services Manager from PRPA welcomed the group, and provided an introduction to the power plant and the topics for discussion and tour.  He used a slide show to illustrate the design and operation of the plant.  The discussion included the history of the Rawhide Plant, the source of coal, capacity of the coal-fired generator and the auxiliary natural gas-fired generators used for peak load power delivery.  Water for steam generation and cooling is treated onsite.  Ash management includes the use of a permitted monofill landfill on the plant property.  Air emission systems include controls specifically designed for sulphur dioxide, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and mercury.  Information about the Rawhide Energy Station is available on their website at http://www.prpa.org/.

 

Following the discussion session, the group took a walking tour of the main power plant building.  The tour provided additional opportunity to questions and answers.