The Jeffrey Energy Center supplies the power for nearly half of Westar Energy's customers. At full force it can produce 2,200 megawatts of power but until now it came at a cost.
The plumes seen on the three stacks contained sulfur dioxide. The plant was only made to clean about 65 percent of the substance and the rest was released into the air. Three years ago and $435 million later 95 percent of the sulfur dioxide is being removed and the plumes are basically just water vapor.
Greg Greenwood, Vice President of Generation Construction for Westar said they have an obligation to work towards becoming more environmentally friendly and this project will help them meet the requirements under the Clean Air Visibility Rule and other future regulations.
it took three million man hours, more than 800 contractors, and three years to install the "scrubber" system. You can see how the system works by clicking on the video link at the top of your screen.