Ameren Missouri officials have responded to a recent Environmental Protection Agency report, which found that the Labadie power-generating facility produced more greenhouse gas emissions in 2011 than in 2010.
The increased emissions from the Ameren coal-fired plant was opposite of the national picture, which showed that power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions went down 4.6 percent between 2010 and 2011.
Asked why Ameren’s emissions rose while other power plants nationally dropped, the company issued the following statement:
“The Labadie Energy Center is one of the largest power plants in the U.S., and these emissions are a result of coal use and generation. Higher emissions in 2011 were recorded because the Labadie Energy Center was in greater use then.
“Our customers want an economic source of energy, and Labadie is a low-cost, efficient facility that provides energy as the market demands.
“Nationally, lower gas prices resulted in greater use of natural gas for energy. This, along with the sluggish economy, brought down greenhouse gas emissions in power plants nationwide.”
Ameren’s greenhouse gas emissions rose from 17.3 million metric tons in 2010 to 18.2 million in 2011. The report also found that Labadie’s Ameren plant was the fourth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases of large facilities nationally.
The EPA report is congressionally mandated through the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.