Davis Motor Sales banner ad

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 2015 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 on social media.

In Other News...

Comer Makes Stop in Madisonville While on Gubernatorial Primary Campaign Trail

MADISONVILLE, KY (2/25/15) ― About 100 residents from around Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties attended a meet and greet… Read More

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Feb. 26, 2015

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/26/15) — The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Thursday, Feb. 26.… Read More

Most Read This Week

February 21, 2015 6207

Traffic Advisory for Western Kentucky

in Top News For All Sites by KTC
February 25, 2015 5296

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
February 24, 2015 5139

Two Charged in Central City Meth Bust

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
February 22, 2015 4961

Easter Cuties Pageant in Memory of Shanice Bean

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 25, 2015 4942

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 21, 2015 4687

Local Administrators Warn Employees to Watch for…

in Top News For All Sites by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 28, 2015

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

February 25, 2015 5296

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
February 25, 2015 4942

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 3903

Local Man Makes Unique Display from Area’s…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 25, 2015 1737

Emergency Management Director Impressed with…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
February 25, 2015 1671

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
February 25, 2015 1656

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - February 25, 2015

in Video by Crime Stoppers
February 25, 2015 1554

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Feb. 25, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
February 25, 2015 1442

People Plus, Inc. Wins Inavero’s 2015 Best of…

in Top News For All Sites by Amanda Huddleston
February 26, 2015 1426

Woman Charged for Allegedly Selling Hydrocodone

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 1405

Neighbor's Nose May Have Saved Man's Life

in Hopkins News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News