Platte Generating Station Location/Visitor Information
Platte Generating Station is located about two miles south of Grand Island at the corner of Wildwood Drive and South Locust Street. From Interstate 80, exit 312, travel north on US 281 toward Grand Island for two miles. At Wildwood Drive, turn east and travel 1 1/2 miles to the main entrance. Platte Generating Station is open to the public during our regular business hours of Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 7 AM to 3 PM. All visitors must check into the office located on the north side of main building (plant) immediately upon entering the site. Anyone planning to enter the plant site after regular business hours should make prior arrangements.
Platte Generating Station ( PGS ) was commissioned in 1982 and has provided reliable, low-cost electrical power to the community during the succeeding twenty years.
PGS produces electrical power for approximately 60 percent of the national average cost. According to the Utility Data Institute, Platte Generating Station was ranked the 11th lowest-cost electricity producer among 707 power plants nation-wide from 1989 through 1993. PGS is consistently among the top 25 most efficient plants year-to-year. Among Nebraska cities, Grand Island's electrical rates are in the lowest fifth. The City's last electrical power rate increase was in 1979 and a 15% rate decrease was accomplished in 1989.
PGS burned approximately 364,600 tons of low-sulfur coal in 1997 to produce 496,523 megawatts.
Efficient and reliable service is attained through the acquisition of low-cost coal, and effective operation and maintenance practices. PGS has a staff of experienced, well-trained employees who have produced an enviable long-term plant operating record. The plant operates and is staffed continuously, including all holidays.
At full capacity, PGS produces 100 megawatts of electrical power which is enough to illuminate one million, 100 watt light bulbs. During most of the year, PGS provides enough power to satisfy customer demand. However, during peak demand periods additional power is generated at the Burdick Power Station or purchased from other power producers.
Electrical power is generated at PGS in strict compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations. In fact, PGS's air emissions remain well below required levels. In order to produce "clean" electrical power, low sulfur coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin is burned. Low sulfur coal reduces the formation of air pollutants. Additionally, an electrostatic precipitator is used at PGS to remove more than 99 percent of the ash created during the coal combustion process. Since January 1, 1995, a continuous emissions monitor ( CEM ) has been in service which documents PGS's minute-by-minute compliance with clean air regulations.
Most water used at PGS is ultimately returned to the Platte River, following verification that acceptable water discharge standards have been met. Plant systems are designed for water conservation. For example, steam used in the turbine is condensed back into water and reused, and water used for transporting ash is returned to the plant for re-cycling.
Assistant Utilities Director
1035 Wildwood Drive
Grand Island, NE 68801
P.O. Box 1968
Grand Island, NE 68802-1968
Phone: (308) 385-5468
Email: Email Platte Generating Station