columbia municipal power plant

Power Plant towers
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Columbia's first power plant is officially out of the coal business.

Matt Veto / KBIA News

The city of Columbia will stop burning coal at its power plant in mid-October.

Jacob Fenston / KBIA

 Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt said proposed rules to lower carbon emissions by electricity-generating power plants will force unnecessary rate increases.  

Katie Hiler / KBIA

This week the EPA will make a final decision on a proposed new rule for the disposal of coal combustion residuals, called CCRs, or coal ash.

Local pond rated a high potential hazard by the EPA

Sep 30, 2014
Power Plant towers
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Citizens of Columbia need to be extra cautious near a local pond the next time it rains heavily.

City council approves upgrades to 43-year-old turbine

Mar 5, 2014

The Columbia City Council voted Monday for improvements on Boiler 8 at the Municipal Power Plant. Boiler 8 is a natural gas-operating turbine and has been operating since 1970.

Columbia’s Environment and Energy Commission is asking the city to increase the percentage of power generated from renewable sources by two percent every year. The goal is to reach 100 percent by the middle of the century.

In 2012, 7.94 percent of electricity in Columbia was generated from renewable sources. The existing standard requires the use of renewable sources reach 10 percent by 2017, and 15 percent by the end of 2022.