Paradise Fossil Plant
TVA’s Paradise Fossil Plant is located in western Kentucky on the Green River near the village of Paradise. The plant has three units and three large natural-draft cooling towers. Paradise is TVA’s only coal-fired plant with cooling towers, which are more usually are seen at nuclear plants.
Units 1 and 2 went on-line in 1963, each with a generation capacity of 704 megawatts. At the time, they were the largest operating units in the world. A third unit became operational in 1970, with a capacity of 1,150 MW. In 1985, a barge-unloading facility was added so that coal could be delivered by barge as well as by train and truck.
The plant produces more than 14 billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to supply more than 950,000 homes.
Paradise units 1 and 2 will be idled by the end of 2017. Unit 3 will continue operation. TVA is investing approximately $1 billion to build a gas-fired plant that will replace Paradise units 1 and 2. The new plant will be a 3x1 (three gas units and one steam unit) combined-cycle facility with 1,100 megawatts of power capacity.
Toxics Release Inventory
TVA is required to report annually to the Environmental Protection Agency on the amounts of chemicals released by its fossil-fuel plants. Check here for the latest data on Paradise.
TVA monitors other emissions at its fossil plants, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury. Check here for the latest data on Paradise.