Bull Run Fossil Plant
Balancing efficient power production with environmental protection
Electricity is generated at Bull Run by heating water in a boiler to produce steam. Under extremely high pressure, the steam flows into a turbine that spins a generator to make electricity.
Bull Run generates about 6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to supply about 400,000 homes. It has been ranked the most-efficient coal-fired plant in the nation 13 times and is consistently in the top five each year.
Through 2011, TVA has spent about $5.4 billion on emission controls at its fossil-fuel plants to help TVA produce power as cleanly as possible. This includes installation of a selective catalytic reduction to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent and a scrubber to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by about 95 percent at Bull Run.