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TVA chooses natural gas to replace the Cumberland coal plant


The Tennessee Valley Authority has selected a combined cycle natural gas power plant to replace the Cumberland coal-fired plant in Cumberland City, 45 miles northwest of Nashville. There will be a minimum 30-day period before TVA CEO,Jeff Lyash makes a final decision on whether to accept the recommendation.

The Cumberland Fossil Plant is TVA's largest coal-fired power plant. The plant generates enough energy to power 1.1 million homes each year. TVA intends to retire the one of the plant's units by 2026 and the second by the end of 2028 as part of its plan to phase out its remaining five coal-fired plants.

TVA evaluated whether to replace the plant with a combined cycle gas plant, solar and battery technology, a simple cycle gas plant or continuing to burn coal.

TVA's preferred alternative is a combined cycle gas plant that will generate about 1,450 megawatts. The plant will require a new 32-mile gas pipeline that will be built from Dickson County to the plant in Stewart County by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline company, nationally known as Kinder Morgan.



Published on 12/8/2022 (54 days ago) Coal