Every once in a while, I come across a nice piece of news. Or at least a news piece that strikes me as different. A company spending money to be a “good neighbor” definitely qualifies as odd.
Local energy company cutting pollutants
— reported by the Pasadena Citizen
Nestled on the northwest corner of Pasadena adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel, AES Deepwater is trying to be a good neighbor.
AES Deepwater formally announced its plans Wednesday to cut pollution released into the atmosphere and thus keep its doors open.
The energy company is investing about $30 million to reduce 3,500 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions. If the company failed to make the investment and with pollution controls tightening, it looked at the possibility of closing its doors.
What AES Deepwater does is produce electricity, burning petroleum coke obtained from the neighboring Lyondell-Citgo Refining LP plant. The World Energy Council reports that petroleum coke, also called pet coke, is a waste byproduct of the oil refining process.
The system is expected to be retrofitted to existing structures by May 2007. The retrofit will necessitate a planned shutdown for the month of February, company officials said.