UNC Chapel Hill Cogeneration Facility

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The UNC-Chapel Hill Cogeneration Facility is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill near UNC campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The plant is to cease operation by 2020.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Parent Company: State of North Carolina
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 28.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 28.0 MW (1991)
  • Location: 501 West Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • GPS Coordinates: 35.906289, -79.062244
  • Electricity Production: 90,103 MWh (2005)
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • CO2 Emissions: 312,075 tons (2006)
  • SO2 Emissions: 147 tons (2002)
  • SO2 Emissions per MWh: 3.26 lb/MWh
  • NOx Emissions: 513 tons (2002)
  • Mercury Emissions:

Campus to end coal use and divestment

In 2010 school Chancellor Holden Thorp committed to stop burning coal at the school's campus cogeneration plant by 2020. In the fall of 2011 UNC Chapel Hill announced they would eliminate coal out of university endowments. [1]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Coal Money is Bad Money at UNC-Chapel Hill" Stewart Boss, WeArePowerShift.org, December 19, 2011.

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