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Lawrence Energy Center - 580 MW - Coal




Lawrence Energy Center Facts


  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas

  • Acres: 600

  • Plant Size: 580 MW

  • Construction: Unit 3, 1954. Unit 4, 1960. Unit 5, 1971

  • Third largest coal plan in Kansas

  • Provides enough power for over 350,000 homes per year

  • First unit placed in service in 1938 (now retired)

  • 5 million gallons of water used per day (Kansas River)

  • 2 million tons of coal used per year

  • Fueled by low-sulfur PRB (Powder River Basin) coal

  • Powder River Basin Coal Users Group Plant of the Year in 2007



Unit 4 & 5 scrubber projects (sulfur removal)


  • In operation: Unit 5, 1971. Unit 4, 1968.

  • Unit 4 wet scrubber was the first retro-fit in the United States

  • Unit 5 web scrubber was the first original equipment installation in the United States

  • Upgraded to Best in Class Performance in 2012



Unit 4 & 5 baghouse projects (particulate removal)


  • Estimated cost: $350 million

  • Start: 2010

  • In Operation: Unit 5, 2012. Unit 4, 2013.



Low NOx burners and separated over-first air systems (NOx removal)


  • Estimated cost: $22 million

  • Start: 2010

  • In Operation: Unit 3, 2013. Unit 4, 2012. Unit 5, 2012.