Coal plant helps keep Cherry Point warm at night

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM.

The peak time for operation of the plant is in December and January, according to operations manager Milton Rolison. 

“When it’s the absolute coldest is our peak. Mother Nature determines our peak,” he said.

The plant has two coal burning units and two fuel oil burning units.

“Our number one fuel of choice is coal. Our backup fuel is number two fuel oil,” Filzen said.

The reason is clear. Burning fuel oil is costly, around $30,000 more per day.

“That’s an additional cost,” Filzen said.

The plant, located on Langley Road off A Street, is easy to find with its massive stockpile of coal. About 22 railcars bring in about 2,000 tons of coal from Kentucky and West Virginia every few days.

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