R. Gallagher Generating Station

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R. Gallagher Generating Station
R. Gallagher Generating Station is located in Indiana
R. Gallagher Generating Station
Location of R. Gallagher Generating Station in USA Indiana
Country United States
Location New Albany, Indiana
Coordinates 38°15′49″N 85°50′16″W / 38.26361°N 85.83778°W / 38.26361; -85.83778Coordinates: 38°15′49″N 85°50′16″W / 38.26361°N 85.83778°W / 38.26361; -85.83778
Status Active
Commission date Unit 1: June, 1959
Unit 2: December, 1958
Unit 3: April, 1960
Unit 4: March, 1961
Decommission date Unit 1: 2012Unit 3: 2012
Owner(s) Duke Energy
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Bituminous coal
Type Steam
Cooling source Ohio River
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 280 MWe

The R. Gallagher Generating Station is a four-unit coal-burning power plant located along the Ohio River some two miles (3 km) downstream from New Albany, Indiana in southernmost Floyd County, Indiana. The total aggregate capacity (year-around) of the plant's four identical units is 560MW. In early 2012, both Units 1 and 3 were retired, due to the lack of pollution controls. Units 2 and 4 continue to operate because Duke Energy installed baghouses, greatly reducing the pollution and meet the current standards set by the EPA. The plant's current output is 280 megawatts (each unit is rated at 140 megawatts). The plant is connected to the grid by 138 and 230 kilovolt transmission lines.[1]

Environmental impact[edit]

Sulphur dioxide emissions[edit]

As of 2006, R. Gallagher was the dirtiest major power station in the US in terms of sulphur dioxide gas emission rate: it discharged 40.38 pounds (18.32 kg) of SO2 for each MWh of electric power produced that year (50,819 tons of SO2 per year in total).[2]

Waste heat[edit]

R. Gallagher Plant discharges all of its waste heat (about twice its electrical output) into the Ohio River.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2006" (Excel). Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Dirty Kilowatts 2007 Report Database". Environmental Integrity Project. Retrieved May 2008. 

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