One of opponents' biggest complaints is that while Hydrogen Energy California is clean in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide it emits, it still releases tons of other pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds, sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide and particle pollution, such as PM10 and PM2.5.
These so-called criteria pollutants are what cause heath hazards and a haze in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
According to the San Joaquin Valley Air District, HECA will release about 587 tons of criteria pollutants into the air a year.
So how does this compare to emissions from other power plants? Of 109 power plants listed with the California Energy Commission, HECA would rank 10th.
|Facility Name (tons per year)||Net megawatts produced||Emissions|
|1) Kern River||300+steam to oilfield||1,135.3|
|2) Sycamore Cogeneration||300+steam to oilfield||1,135.3|
|3) Covanta Delano||57||1,125.4|
|4) Pastoria Energy Facility||779||1,056.6|
|5) La Paloma Generating Facility||1048||1,038|
|6) Elk Hills Power||503||777|
|7) Rio Bravo Poso (biomass/coal/coke)||36+steam to oilfield||756.8|
|8) Rio Bravo Jasmin (biomass/coal/coke)||36+steam to oilfield||754.7|
|9) Sunrise Power||585||624.6|
|10) Hydrogen Energy California||51||587.7|
But if you calculate emissions per megawatt generated, HECA would rank 4th.
|1) Rio Bravo Poso (biomass/coal/coke)||4.79 lbs/MW|
|2) Rio Bravo Jasmin (biomass/coal/coke)||4.79 lbs/MW|
|3) Covanta Delano||4.5 lbs/MW|
|4) Hydrogen Energy California||2.6 lbs/MW|
|5) Sycamore Cogeneration||.86 lbs/MW|
|6) Kern River Cogeneration||.86 lbs/MW|
|7) Elk Hills Power||.35 lbs/MW|
|8) Pastoria Energy Facility||.30 lbs/MW|
|9) Sunrise Power||.24 lbs/MW|
|10) La Paloma generating Facility||.22 lbs/MW|