TVA Investing $1 Billion on Cleaner Air at Gallatin Fossil Plant
April 1, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving forward with additional environmental controls at Gallatin Fossil Plant that will significantly reduce emissions from the coal-fired facility in Gallatin, Tenn.
Site preparation is under way on the $1 billion project, which includes installation of new flue gas desulfurization systems, known as scrubbers, and selective catalytic reduction equipment. The scrubbers are expected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 95 percent and the new SCRs should reduce nitrous oxide emissions by more than 90 percent.
The Gallatin project will further improve air quality in the Tennessee Valley, which is cleaner today than it has been in decades. In total, TVA has invested more than $5.4 billion in emission reductions across its generating system.
The project reflects TVA's need for a balanced generation portfolio as outlined by TVA's Integrated Resource Plan in 2011. The IRP calls for a balanced mix of coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewable generation, as well as energy efficiency and demand reduction programs.
In a typical year, Gallatin generates enough electricity to supply about 480,000 homes.
Along with the financial investment, the project will bring good-paying jobs to more than 900 people at peak construction. More than 150 full-time TVA employees operate and maintain the Gallatin plant.
The decision to move forward follows a National Environment Policy Act environmental review that resulted in a "Finding of No Significant Impact." This process included an extended public comment period. That report can be found on the TVA website at http://www.tva.gov/environment/reports/gallatin_APCE/.
TVA is also finalizing an agreement with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to continue the successful operation of the Cumberland River Aquatic Center hatchery on the Gallatin plant site.
TVA will pay to rebuild the hatchery across the river channel because its current site is needed for the new air quality controls. The new hatchery site has a larger footprint, which can accommodate future expansion if TWRA desires to do so.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.