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.