Lena, Rapides Parish
Plant Type: Power
Fuel Source: Natural Gas, Coal, Petroleum Coke, Biomass
Rated Capacity: 1,604 megawatts
This series of generating units sit on 6,000 acres and use water from a man-made lake, Rodemacher Lake, as a cooling source. The lake covers about half of the site.Nesbitt Unit 1
This unit was completed in 1975 and is 100 percent owned by Cleco Power. It is fueled by natural gas and can produce 440 megawatts.
Rodemacher Unit 2
This unit was completed in 1982 and is jointly owned by Cleco Power, Louisiana Energy and Power Authority and Lafayette Utilities System. Cleco Power owns 30 percent or 157 megawatts of the 523-megawatt generating unit. Rodemacher Unit 2 is fueled predominantly by coal from Wyoming.
Madison Unit 3
This unit was completed in 2010 and is 100 percent owned by Cleco Power. It's the company's largest generating unit and is among the cleanest solid-fuel units of its kind in the nation. It can produce electricity using multiple types of solid fuel, including biomass, coal and petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refining industry, and produce up to 641 megawatts.
Madison 3 uses circulating fluidized-bed technology which lowers carbon emissions. The technology also addresses regulated emissions. Because the boiler firing temperature is approximately 1600° F, nitrogen oxides (NOx) are lower than normal. Cleco installed emission control systems to the boiler that further reduce NOx. Limestone and scrubbers also lowers the Sulfur dioxide emissions. Madison 3 uses approximately 1.5 million tons of petroleum coke or coal and 500,000 tons of limestone each year. Petcoke, coal and limestone are barged to an off-loading facility located on the Red River. The materials are then moved to the unit by a 1.5-mile conveyor.
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