Having been completed in 1924, DTE Energy’s iconic “Trenton Stacks” power plant has been utilizing coal as its fuel source ever since its inception. With newer technologies and cleaner fuels available, environmental regulatory agencies began pushing to have the power plant curtail and eventually cease burning coal.
To address the EPA’s concerns, DTE put in process a project to replace their coal-fired boilers with new emission-friendly gas-fired units. However, the timetable that DTE put forth was not sufficient to meet the mandated deadlines of the EPA of April 1st, 2016, and the new boilers were not going to be online until sometime in 2017. All of this was complicated by the fact that the facility was a steam host for Eastman Chemical’s Solutia Plant and exported as much as 60,000 PPH of saturated steam to Solutia.