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Delaware gives permission and funding for clean-energy plant

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November 30, 2011

DOVER, Delaware: A coal plant in Delaware has received approval for a renovation project from Governor Jack Markell and the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. NRG Energy Center Dover plans to make its current coal plant's energy production much cleaner.[1]

For the project, NRG will also receive a $500,000 state grant from the newly established Delaware Energy Efficiency Investment Fund. This is the first grant issued from the fund, created by the Delaware General Assembly in 2010.[1]

NRG will replace the 25-year-old plant's coal-fueled boiler with one that runs on natural gas. Other improvements include a heat-recovery system and better emissions controls. The plant's energy efficiency is expected to rise by 30 percent.[1]

DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara said of the project: "This project will transform the state’s last legacy coal-burning unit into one of the cleanest heat and power generators in the country."[1]

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