Ohio Plant to Use

Clean Coal TechnologyBRILLIANT, Ohio - Ground has been broken for a $150 million new technology electric generating plant that its planners say will burn Ohio's high-sulfur coal cleanly and economically.

The 70-megawatt plant will be connected to an existing, idle turbine at the Ohio Power Co.'s Tidd Plant in this eastern Ohio city along the Ohio River, about 10 miles south of Steubenville.

It will have a steam boiler fired by a pressurized fluid bed furnace, said project manager Michael Mudd, an engineer for Ohio Power's parent company, American Electric Power of Columbus.

He said the plant will have the country's first demonstration-size furnace using the technology, which was developed in Sweden. Other fluid bed systems being tested in the United States are larger but are not pressurized.

The new combustion method will allow burning of any of Ohio's coals, whose sulfur content averages 3 percent to 4 percent and can be as high as 7 percent.

Electricity Use Reaches

Record Levels in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Consumption of electricity in Pennsylvania during 1987 reached a record 106.6 billion kilowatt-hours, a level not expected to be reached until 1990, the Pennsylvania Electric Association said.

This was a 4.3 percent increase over 1986, the highest rate of growth in percentage and absolute terms since 1984.

PEA also said that for the first time since 1969, the statewide average kilowatt-hour price of electricity declined from 7.37 cents a kwh to 7.24 cents, and average annual consumption by residential customers reached an all- time high of 8,038 kwh.