Bailly Generating Station

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The Bailly Generating Station is a coal-fired electric generating plant located in Westchester Township, Porter County, on the shore of Lake Michigan adjacent to the Port of Indiana. The plant, which began operation in 1962[1] and tripled its capacity in 1968, is owned and operated by the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), an electric-utility operating division of the energy holding company NiSource.[1] Since 1968, this plant has had a nameplate capacity of 604 megawatts.

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The Bailly Station is named in honor of Joseph Bailly, a fur trader and pioneer settler of the Indiana Dunes. It is located in an industrial park sited within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The plant's 300-acre site[1] reflects a belief, held by the state of Indiana and the United States Congress in the early 1960s, that the Dunes-Lake Michigan shoreline should be shared between environmental preservation and heavy industry.

Since January 2011, Bailly has operated under the terms of a legal settlement between NIPSCO and the United States Environmental Protection Agency in compliance with the Clean Air Act.[1] Under the terms of the settlement, NiSource will be required to invest approximately $200.0 million in new capital infrastructure to be retrofitted onto Bailly to capture sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.

The plant's legal address is 246 Bailly Station Road, Chesterton, Indiana, 46304. Its coordinates are 41.6409 N. and -87.1233 W.

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Coordinates: 41°38′37″N 87°07′23″W / 41.643542°N 87.123141°W / 41.643542; -87.123141