GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is hoping to open a $1 billion gas plant within three years in western Kentucky to replace its two oldest coal-fired facilities.
TVA board members learned this week that construction on the high-efficiency, combined-cycle natural gas plant will begin later this year, with a targeted completion date of summer 2017. The new facility is expected to have the capacity to generate 1,000 megawatts of power, comparable in scope to the two coal-fired plants that were built nearly 60 years ago.
TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says the new plant will ensure power stability on the northern end of the energy cooperative's power grid and meet federal environmental regulatory requirements.
TVA provides power to 9 million consumers in a seven-state area.