ACCCE Applauds Texas Public Utility Commission's Approval of Arkansas Clean Coal...

Mon Jul 7, 2008 12:27pm EDT

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ACCCE Applauds Texas Public Utility Commission's Approval of Arkansas Clean
Coal Plant


ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Coalition for
Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) issued the following statement in support of
the Texas Public Utility Commission's approval of Southwestern Electric Power
Co.'s (SWEPCO) proposed John W. Turk Jr. ultra-supercritical coal plant in
Hempstead County, Arkansas.

"The Texas Public Utility Commission took a strong step forward in preserving
access to secure, reliable and affordable electricity for citizens of
Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana," said Joe Lucas, vice president of
communications for ACCCE. "With energy costs skyrocketing, the ability to use
more affordable fuel sources such as coal to generate electricity will go a
long way in keeping prices stable and the economy humming.

"The proposed Turk plant will be the first coal plant in the country to
utilize advanced ultra-supercritical generation technology, which produces
more electricity using less coal and helps reduce emissions," continued Lucas.
"As new clean coal projects continue to be approved and built, the coal-based
utility sector moves even closer to the shared goal of electricity generation
with near-zero emissions, including carbon capture and storage."

The Commission approved the plant by a 2-1 margin at a public hearing in
Austin on July 3. SWEPCO previously received similar approvals from both
Arkansas and Louisiana. Regulators agree that the plant is needed to help
SWEPCO meet demand for electricity and keep a balanced energy portfolio.
Construction on the plant is pending based on approval from the Arkansas
Department of Environmental Quality.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a non-profit,
non-partisan partnership of companies involved in producing electricity from
coal. Because coal is America's most abundant energy resource, ACCCE supports
energy policies that balance coal's vital role in meeting our country's
growing need for affordable and reliable electricity with the need to protect
the environment. ACCCE also advocates for the development and deployment of
advanced clean coal technologies that will produce electricity with near-zero
emissions.  ACCCE is headquartered in Alexandria, Va. and can be found on the
Web at or

SOURCE  American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

Leah Arnold, Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, +1-703-302-1222,
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