Valmont Station by the numbers


Valmont Station by the numbers

  • 1 stack: Only one of the three existing stacks is still used today
  • 2 times: The plant burns twice as much coal as in 1970, with 30% fewer emissions
  • 5 stories: Height of the furnace.
  • 5-7 years: Time until plant will run out of room for ash disposal at existing landfill.
  • 6 spurs: Number of railroad spurs into the plant.
  • 10 hours: Time it takes to turn the plant on or off for maintenance
  • 11 miles: Miles of ditch that Xcel maintains
  • 18 railroad cars: One day's supply of coal to the plant
  • 20 lbs: Annual mercury emissions from plant
  • 22 hatchlings: Ospreys born at Valmont Lakes in last 10 years
  • 75 feet: The deepest point of the Valmont Lakes
  • 365 days: The plant tries to operate 24/7, 365 days a year
  • 375 feet: The height of the tallest stack.
  • 1000 degrees: The temperature of the steam running the turbines
  • 1879: Year the light bulb was invented
  • 1922: Year the plant was built
  • 2300 degrees: The temperature inside the furnace.
  • 5,000 gallons: Amount of ditch water needed to power one household for a year
  • 10,000 KWH: Average annual household power use
  • 11,234 acre/feet: Volume of water in Valmont Lakes
  • 100,000 gallons/minute: Amount of lake water pumped through the condenser
  • 750,000 tons: Tons of coal burned in a year.
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