Ames Municipal Power Plant
OperatingNatural Gas Power Plant           Total Power
98 MW
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200 E 5th St
Ames, IA 50010
United States
Story County
Latitude: 42.0254
Longitude: -93.60789
Year Opened: 1967
Water Source: Wells - Ames Alluvial Aquifer
Former coal burner, converted to natural gas in 2015-2016.
Until 2015, buoght coal from Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming.
Since 1975 co-fires RDF which accounts for 10MW of output.
In January 2009 the plant caught fire and caused $30,000 in damages. The plant was closed for a few days due to the fire, but reopened again in just a few days.

In 2011, Ames began to reconsider its "Free Garbage Disposal Day" which it has hosted 2x/year since 1977. The days were costing the City significant money as it requires shutting down the plant for a few days in advance and turning around commercial haulers that pay a tipping fee.
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Data Sources

EIA 2008
Global Anti-Incineration Alliance - Incinerators
Energy Recovery Council Incinerators - 2000
Energy Recovery Council 2010 Waste-to-Energy Database
EIA 2012 Form 860
EIA 2014 Form 860
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Distance (miles)0 2.5 5 10 25
American Indian1.1%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.2%
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PowerTypeStatusFuelSecondary Fuel(s)
33 MWBurner: BoilerOperatingNatural Gas Resource Derived Fuel Oil
65 MWBurner: BoilerOperatingNatural Gas Resource Derived Fuel Oil

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