Title: Improving the Efficiency of Coal-Fired Power Plants for Near Term Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions
Publication Number: DOE/NETL-2010/1411
Publication Date: 04/2010
Publication Type: Report/Publication
Contact: Katrina Krulla
Program/Technology: Climate Change
Environmental & Water
Carbon Sequestration
Author: Chris Nichols (NETL)
Katrina Krulla (NETL)

This NETL report sets forth a vision of improving the average efficiency of the existing coal fired power plant fleet from 32.5% to 36% based on (1) units achieving efficiency equal to the 90th percentile unit in each class, (2) retirements of low efficiency units, and (3) improvements within the best-in-class. Under a scenario where generation from coal is constant at the 2008 level, increasing the average efficiency from 32.5% to 36% reduces U.S. GHG by 175 MMmt/year or 2.5% of total U.S. GHG emissions in 2008.

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