Electric Power Research Institute About Us
The Institute
Office Locations

2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

EPRI completed a full corporate social responsibility assessment in 2015 culminating in release of its first Corporate Social Responsibility report. The report (and companion video) provides a comprehensive look at EPRI's social responsibility culture and actions around four focus areas: community, employees, operations, and research.

Our Work Events Newsroom Careers EPRI Journal

Fossil Fuels

Electricity generation from fossil fuels has been an integral component of our generation portfolio since commercial electricity’s inception in the late nineteenth century. Today, fossil fuel plants account for nearly two thirds of the world’s electricity production.

As a reliable source of baseload power with low operating costs, fossil fuels remain an attractive option for the electricity industry. Environmental performance and emissions controls have now ushered in a new age of fossil fuel generation that strives towards a low-carbon future. Research and development efforts can help utilities reduce emissions from current assets and build new and increasingly efficient generating units with advanced emission control technologies.



For more information please contact:

Jeff Brehm
Communications Manager
Phone: 704-595-2521
Email: jbrehm@epri.com

Featured Research Near-Zero Emissions Water Management Fleet Transition Flexible Operations Resources Spotlights

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Collapsible Web Parts

Mercury Control through Sorbent Activation Process (SAP)

New regulations for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) mandate a 90% reduction in mercury emissions by 2014. As a result, a number of coal-fired generating stations will have to utilize a porous form of carbon, known as activated carbon, as a means of capturing mercury and other HAPs.

EPRI has led the development of the Sorbent Activation Process (SAP) which produces activated carbon on-site by using existing coal stocks at plants. With the cost of commercially available activated carbon estimated at more than $1 million for a single plant, SAP technology can reduce these costs by at least 50%. EPRI is currently evaluating the performance and total cost-effectiveness of a full-scale SAP unit on a Texas lignite-fired power plant.


The Water Research Center

Water management restrictions for electricity generating units continue to increase due to rising water costs, stakeholder pressure, and/or new regulations. EPRI is collaborating with Georgia Power Corporation and Southern Company Services in developing a Water Research Center focused on addressing these issues.

Work for the Water Research Center is conducted at Plant Bowen in Cartersville, Georgia and provides the power industry and its suppliers infrastructure and specialist staff for testing tools and technologies aimed at reducing water consumption and developing/demonstrating cost-effective treatment technologies for potential wastewater contaminants.


Repowering Fossil Steam Plants with Combustion Turbines

Many conventional fossil steam plants face an uncertain future due to environmental regulations that would require significant upgrades to meet new emission standards. The capital expenditures required for compliance may be relatively high, and reductions in carbon emissions also may be desired. EPRI’s research provides information needed for critical decisions about the future of existing fossil steam plant assets in the generating fleet.

One available solution is to convert conventional fossil steam plants to a natural gas-fired combined-cycle configuration that maximizes re-use of existing equipment. This efficient design is also potentially more desirable given a current gas market that offers cheap and abundant supplies.


Reduced power demand, fuel price volatility and growing deployment of intermittent power generation resources such as wind and solar are forcing coal and combined-cycle plants to “cycle,” or ramp up and down to accommodate changes in load. These operational changes in plants designed for near-constant operations, known as baseload power suppliers, accelerate damage mechanisms such as creep fatigue, thermal fatigue and corrosion, reducing component life and increasing the overall costs of generation and maintenance. EPRI draws on existing research and compiles lessons learned and strategies used by organizations worldwide to address plant cycling in an effort to provide a comprehensive knowledge resource that guides flexible operations.