Heartland Generation Power Plant Reduces GHGs
A large power plant in Alberta enrolled in the Strategic Energy Management (SEM) for Large Final Emitter program to establish a continuous improvement process and discover ways to increase their efficiency. CLEAResult worked with Heartland’s energy team to introduce an energy management program and delivered various tools and resources to support discussions and execution of fuel conversions, low-cost opportunities, and behavioral changes.
Accessing many of the systems and equipment that presented significant energy-saving opportunities was challenging due to site application and operating schedules. The team needed a practical window of time to implement the measures successfully.
In line with Canada’s goal to phase out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, the SEM team’s discussion during the initial stages focused on fuel conversion planning. The SEM team used the fuel conversion shutdown to execute other energy efficiency projects, resulting in many energy-saving opportunities. Once the fuel conversion was complete, the SEM team concentrated on optimizing systems that experienced reduced energy demand due to the ramping down of coal processing.
These systems included:
- Pressure reduction and line isolation in the compressed air network
- Water pump optimization with reduced demand on soot blowing
- Boiler optimization using artificial intelligence