GREENSBURG, PA, Mar. 3, 2009 -- Allegheny Energy Inc. announced that it has completed the installation of a $37 million cooling tower and wastewater treatment system at its Albright Power Station, near Morgantown, W.Va.
The completion of this project will preserve and protect local water resources, particularly the Cheat River. Installation of the cooling tower will result in 93 percent less water being withdrawn from the Cheat River and the discharged water's temperature will be significantly reduced. The upgraded wastewater treatment system will ensure compliance with the latest water quality standards.
The project is part of Allegheny's ongoing environmental stewardship initiative. In 2008, the company completed a construction project to reduce emissions at its Pleasants Power Station located in Willow Island, W.Va. Additionally, Allegheny is installing scrubbers at its Fort Martin Power Station near Morgantown, W.Va., and its Hatfield's Ferry Power Station near Pittsburgh, Pa. With the completion of these projects in 2009, Allegheny will have invested more than $1.3 billion to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 70 percent from 2005 levels, transforming the company's power plant fleet into one of the cleanest in the United States with respect to sulfur dioxide.
Headquartered in Greensburg, Pa., Allegheny Energy is an investor-owned electric utility with total annual revenues of over $3 billion and more than 4,000 employees.