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 provides reliable, low-cost electrical power. 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 produce 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.
Individuals and groups are welcome to tour the PGS facility and learn about plant operations. Presentations to student groups include a discussion of electrical power generation alternatives and environmental issues.
Environmental Compliance and StewardshipPlatte Generating Station (PGS) fully complies with all environmental quality regulations. Air emissions such as opacity (a measure of particulate ash level), sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide are monitored minute-by-minute and controlled below allowable limits. Water discharged to the Platte River is tested for pH and the presence of metals such as iron and copper. Only water which has been proven of acceptable quality is discharged from the plant site.
The staff at PGS aggressively pursue improvements in power plant efficiency. When plant efficiency is improved, less coal is required to produce electrical power. As a result, the formation of coal combustion by-products is reduced and power production cost are lowered.
Plant equipment is maintained in top operating condition. Well planned equipment maintenance and inspection contributes to a reliable and efficient power station. At PGS, maintenance outage time is used to clean equipment such as the electrostatic precipitator which removes ash before combustion gas is discharged to the atmosphere. Cleaning the "precip" on a regular basis results in an ash particulate emission (opacity) level which is well below the allowable limit.
Whenever possible, water and steam are reused within power production systems and "waste" heat is used to heat incoming air and water streams. For example, hot gasses formed during the coal combustion process are used to heat air which is used in the fuel drying and steam generation processes. This procedure results in less coal consumption, higher plant efficiency, and lower emission levels.