Stanton Energy Center (existing)

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center is a 929-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by the City of Orlando, Florida.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: Orlando Utilities Commission
  • Parent Company: City of Orlando, Florida
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 929 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 464.5 MW (1987), Unit 2: 464.5 MW (1996)
  • Location: 5150 South Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32831
  • GPS Coordinates: 28.482754, -81.165996
  • Technology:
  • Coal type:
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Burke Branch Tipple Mine, Big Mountain 16 Mine, Black Mountain 1 Plant, Logan and Kanawha Coal Company 1 Plant, Black Castle Surface Mine, Alpha Natural Resources Coalgood Crusher Loadout[1]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 6,534,109 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
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  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Stanton Energy Center

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[2] The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma-related episodes and asthma-related emergency room visits, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, peneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal-fired power plants. Fine particle pollution is formed from a combination of soot, acid droplets, and heavy metals formed from sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and soot. Among those particles, the most dangerous are the smallest (smaller than 2.5 microns), which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities.

The table below estimates the death and illness attributable to the Stanton Energy Center. Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[3]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Stanton Energy Center

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 11 $78,000,000
Heart attacks 15 $1,600,000
Asthma attacks 150 $8,000
Hospital admissions 7 $180,000
Chronic bronchitis 6 $2,700,000
Asthma ER visits 9 $3,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011


In December 2018, residents living near the Stanton plant filed a lawsuit claiming that plant owner Orlando Utilities Commission are exposing residents to toxic chemicals and radioactive elements contained primarily in airborne dust from coal ash, and that rare adult cancers and pediatric cancers have been on the rise in nearby neighborhoods. The lawsuit claims an investigation of soil at homes north of the coal plants found radioactive polonium and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, both cancer-causing byproducts of burning coal, at levels exceeding government limits. Lawyers are seeking class-action status for the suit.[4] The class action was filed on March 27, 2019.[5]

Stanton ranked 1st on list of most polluting power plants in terms of coal waste

In January 2009, Sue Sturgis of the Institute of Southern Studies compiled a list of the 100 most polluting coal plants in the United States in terms of coal combustion waste (CCW) stored in surface impoundments like the one involved in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill.[6] The data came from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2006, the most recent year available.[7]

Stanton Energy Center ranked number 1 on the list, with 8,423,056 pounds of coal combustion waste released to surface impoundments in 2006.[6]

Citizen groups

Articles and Resources


  1. "EIA 423 and Schedule 2 of EIA-923," EIA 923 Schedules 2, 2011.
  2. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  3. "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010
  4. "Lawsuit alleging contamination from Orlando coal plants may take in more east Orange neighborhoods," Orlando Sentinel, Feb 20, 2019
  5. CASE NO: 6:19-cv-268-Orl-37TBS, Orlando U.S. district court, March 27, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sue Sturgis, "Coal's ticking timebomb: Could disaster strike a coal ash dump near you?," Institute for Southern Studies, January 4, 2009.
  7. TRI Explorer, EPA, accessed January 2009.

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