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Upgrades to Clark Public Utilities’ gas-powered plant to boost flexibility, lower emissions, costs

River Road Generating Plant $10.6 million upgrades to allow fluctuating output to meet demand

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: November 8, 2022, 6:05am
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Clark Public Utilities' River Road Generating Plant burns natural gas to make about 225 megawatts of electricity, using a turbine similar to those used on jet engines in airplanes.
Clark Public Utilities' River Road Generating Plant burns natural gas to make about 225 megawatts of electricity, using a turbine similar to those used on jet engines in airplanes. (The Columbian files) Photo Gallery

Clark Public Utilities’ River Road Generating Plant has been a controversial place. Its billowing clouds of steam and carbon emissions stick out in a region powered largely by hydropower. Now it is on its way to becoming less of a dominating force and more of a backup option.

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