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Southwestern Power Group’s Bowie Power Station, AZ

STATUS: Under construction

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Citizens

PROSPECTS: Start up planned for 2015.

BACKGROUND:  In 2001, the Bowie Power Station was originally proposed as a natural gas plant with two 500-megawatt generators. In 2003, the project was granted a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility by the Arizona Corporation Commission.  However, gas prices later increased, and the company decided to use coal as the power source instead, employing gasification in a 600 MW plant plus an experimental carbon sequestration project.  However, citizens in Bowie and Wilcox, nearby towns, were concerned about pollution, noise, and water use from the plant due to the proposed use of coal and CO2 sequestration.   On August 17th, 2007, company officials, plant supports, and opponents all convened in a town hall meeting, where there was a crowd of more than sixty people.  Ultimately, the developer decided to return to natural gas instead of coal and opposition essentially ceased.  Construction has been slowed due to economic conditions and depressed demand.  In November 2009, the local Board of Supervisors granted the developers a construction permit extension until 2015.

LINKS: http://www.bowiepower.com/
http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/articles/2009/11/18/news/news07.txt http://www.macalester.edu/environmentalstudies/students/projects/citizenscience2008/cleancoal/casestudies2.html http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0902powerplant0902.html

LAST UPDATED: November 9, 2010