Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Paradise TVA Plant Will Burn Coal and Natural Gas

tva paradise 300WESTERN KENTUCKY (11/14/13) — TVA will continue to burn coal at its Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky. However, two coal-burning units at the facility will be retired.

A meeting of the board of directors Thursday, Nov. 14 in Oxford, Miss., concluded with the decision to keep Unit 3's coal-burning operation continuing at the Drakesboro plant.

After installing emission controls on Units 1 and 2 over the past few years, the board approved the construction of a gas-fired plant at Paradise. This will result in an investment of approximately $1 billion at the site. The two coal units will be retired when the gas plant is available.

The plan does not affect the FY 2014 budget, according to a press release issued by TVA Thursday after the meeting. The plan will move the entire TVA system toward a balance of 20 percent coal, 40 percent nuclear, 20 percent gas and 20 percent hyrdro. It also calls for renewable and energy efficiency.

TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said the decisions are based on trends including tougher air emission requirements and a slower economy.

“This will support our focus on cleaner energy and bring additional, necessary balance into our portfolio for managing our current and projected load profile,” Johnson told the board.

“Over the past months, we considered a number of capacity studies, including TVA’s 2011 Integrated Resource Plan and associated financial and environmental analyses. We also looked hard at the effect on rates, our employees and any potential economic impact to local communities.”

The board approved a coal fleet plan that will retire eight coal units at three plant sites with more than 3,000 megawatts of combined generating capacity.

A number of these units were already idled or scheduled for idling and/or retirement based on an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The retirements also affect all five coal units at the Colbert Fossil Plant in Tuscumbia, Ala.; and, one of two operating coal units at Widows Creek Fossil Plant in Stevenson, Ala

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnel released a statement just after the announcement taking the opportunity to denounce the Obama Administration's war on coal.

“It’s unnecessary and tragic that the Obama administration’s actions have forced utilities to discontinue coal operations at any of these units,” McConnell said. “I fought hard to prevent these changes and fortunately one of the units will continue to burn coal, saving hundreds of jobs. I’ll continue to fight wherever the administration’s anti-coal agenda threatens the livelihood of Kentuckians and I’ll fight to get the lost jobs back.”

SurfKY News
Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

Stock Report

1 DOW 16,408.54
-16.31 (-0.10%)    
2 S&P 1,864.85
+2.54 (0.14%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,095.52
+9.29 (0.23%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

In Other News...

Free Sports Physical Dates Set for Murray, Calloway, Eastwood Students

MURRAY, Ky. (4/19/14) – Murray-Calloway County Hospital will host its annual free sports physicals to local middle and… Read More

Meth Lab Found by KSP, Sheriff in Elkton

ELKTON, Ky. (4/18/14) — The Todd County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police arrested two Elkton residents on… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 19240

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 17, 2014 4212

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 15, 2014 3136

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 16, 2014 3053

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 15, 2014 2777

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Drug…

in Top Stories by Lori Blakeley

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 17, 2014 4212

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 15, 2014 3136

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 2777

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Drug…

in Top Stories by Lori Blakeley
April 15, 2014 1074

State Approves $500K for Hopkins Archery…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett
April 18, 2014 933

Talking Teen Trashed Telephone Pole,…

in Top Stories by MPD

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 15, 2014 1705

Owensboro Police Investigate Auto Accident

in News by Michael Hathaway
April 15, 2014 1359

Owensboro Parks Offers Tennis Lessons

in News by Britni Bunn
April 15, 2014 1014

Happenings and Meetings Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 16, 2014 807

New Home Health Care Opens in Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 15, 2014 732

OPD’s Annual 5K Run and Police Awareness…

in News by Owensboro Police Department

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 16, 2014 3053

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 15, 2014 2017

'Walk Right Back' An Everly Brother's…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 1852

Local MCHS Students Train at Job Corps

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
April 15, 2014 1515

Thumbpickers Unite at Mose Rager Day

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 16, 2014 1117

South Carrollton Woman Injured in Head-on…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03