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TVA's new natural-gas power plant christened

By Updated: November 08, 2018 4:46 PM CT

State and local officials gathered Thursday morning in South Memphis for the ceremonial opening of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new Allen Combined Cycle Natural Gas Plant.

It replaces the nearby Allen Fossil Plant, which operated for more than 58 years before it was retired on March 31. The new $1 billion natural-gas fired plant has been operational for several months, but was christened Thursday.

It will significantly cut emissions of carbon dioxide and gases that cause smog, while providing power to about 580,000 homes.

TVA recently held a public meeting at T.O. Fuller State Park as a first step toward a coal-ash remediation plan approved and overseen by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. That plan will examine the entire Allen site, including a coal-ash pond and other places on the site where coal ash has been stored.



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