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    SOLAR POWER: Desert plant has pollution problem
    The Ivanpah solar plant burns substantial amounts of natural gas, making it a greenhouse emitter under state law.


    By DAVID DANELSKI / STAFF WRITER
    Published: Oct. 16, 2015

    A solar power plant at the center of the Obama administration’s push to reduce America’s carbon footprint by using millions of taxpayer dollars to promote green energy has its own carbon pollution problem.

    The Ivanpah plant in the Mojave Desert uses natural gas as a supplementary fuel. Data from the California Energy Commission show that the plant burned enough natural gas in 2014 – its first year of operation – to emit more than 46,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
    That’s nearly twice the pollution threshold for power plants or factories in California to be required to participate in the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions.

    The same amount of natural gas burned at a conventional power plant would have produced enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 17,000 California homes – or roughly a quarter of the Ivanpah plant’s total electricity projection for 2014.

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    http://www.pe.com/articles/plant-783703-gas-energy.html
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