AMARILLO – The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group (PRBCUG) recently named Xcel Energy’s Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas as its Plant of the Year, citing its safe operation, high reliability and environmental
Tolk was one of four power plants considered for this year’s annual award.
PRBCUG is a trade group that promotes the safe, efficient and economic use of Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coals by generating companies who currently use, or are considering the use of coal produced in this area.
Xcel Energy owns and operates two coal-fired generating stations in Texas – the Tolk plant and Harrington Generating Station near Amarillo – that primarily use coal mined in the Powder River Basin.
“Tolk and its sister station, Harrington, are the backbone of our generating system in the region, and a prime reason why Xcel Energy rates are among the lowest in Texas among investor-owned utilities” said Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company.
David Low, Tolk plant director, complimented employees, as well as Savage Companies, which provides coal-handling services for the plant.
“Our employees and Savage have strived for excellence over the past few years, and this national recognition reflects that effort,” said Low.
“Savage played a big role in winning this award by operating a well-run coal-handling facility. We have enjoyed a great partnership and we are proud to accept this award.”
An in-house team at Southwestern Public Service Company designed the two coal-fired, steam-electric generating units that make up the Tolk plant.
The units, completed in 1982 and 1985, have a generating capacity of 540 megawatts each, for a total of 1,080 megawatts. It is the largest generating plant in the Panhandle-Plains region, and its power is delivered not only to Xcel Energy customers in Texas and New Mexico, but also to customers of rural cooperatives and municipal utilities in the region.
Tolk Station and nearby Plant X Generating Station are located in a semi-arid region, and are distinguished as being “zero-discharge” plants.
This means no process waters are discharged offsite, but are instead treated and supplied to irrigation systems for agricultural use.
Xcel Energy and Tolk Station will be recognized at a reception and power plant awards dinner in Baltimore on May 17.
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