Recognized as one of the largest air-quality control system installations in the United States, Mill Creek Generation Station's air compliance project was named the 2016 Coal-Fired Project of the Year by Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World magazines.
The plant, located in southwest Louisville, and its EPC contractor, Zachry Group, received the award during the POWER-GEN International Conference held in December.
Last summer, Mill Creek began operating the final piece of its comprehensive air-quality improvement project to meet federal environmental regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule.
The multi-year project meant continuing full-time operations at the plant while constructing additional environmental controls to further reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, and installing state-of-the-art technology to control mercury and fine particulates.
"It's a tremendous award to cap off the MATS program across Mill Creek and our entire generation fleet," said Philip Imber, manager of Environmental Air Section. "Congratulations to the entire organization and our contract partners, particularly our Mill Creek EPC contractor, Zachry Group."
According to the Dec. 13 award announcement, "The plant remained in operation through demolition of old equipment, and through installation and interconnection of new equipment. The end result is an impressive interweaving of new construction with old, one in which new installations stand only inches from existing equipment."
"Companies like those represented by this year's project finalists are instrumental in meeting public demands for cleaner, more efficient electricity," said Richard G. Baker, publisher of Power Engineering and senior vice president of PennWell's Power Generation Group.
According to the announcement, finalists were selected based on four criteria: technological innovation, local impact, logistical challenges and creativity, and capacity.
In addition to receiving top honors in 2016, the company also received high marks in 2015, when Cane Run 7 placed second in the natural gas projects category.