FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A long-dormant coal fire plant in Healy came back to life Thursday.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/1U1Nxh) the Healy Clean Coal Project was started for the first time since 1999. The 50-megawatt plant has been undergoing renovations for the last 18 months since Golden Valley Electric Association purchased the plant.
It was built in the 1990s as part of a federal energy program to advance experimental coal-burning technology. However, safety and reliability problems dogged the plan during the two years it was in operation.
The plant is using oil during a two-month test phase. It should be operational with coal this summer.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com