Rockport Power Plant

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Rockport Generating Station
Rockport Generating Station
Rockport Power Plant is located in Indiana
Rockport Power Plant
Location of Rockport Generating Station
Country United States
Location Ohio Township, Spencer County, near Rockport, Indiana
Coordinates 37°55′32″N 87°02′02″W / 37.92556°N 87.03389°W / 37.92556; -87.03389Coordinates: 37°55′32″N 87°02′02″W / 37.92556°N 87.03389°W / 37.92556; -87.03389
Status Active
Commission date Unit 1: December 1984
Unit 2: December 1989
Owner(s) Indiana-Michigan Power
Power generation
Primary fuel Bituminous coal
Units operational 2 each producing 1300 MW
Nameplate capacity 2,600 MW

Rockport Generating Station, located just off the new U.S. 231 Route (Now known as the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Parkway) just North of the Natcher Bridge near Rockport, Indiana, in the United States, is a 2.6-GW power plant with one of the tallest smokestacks in the world (1,038 feet (316.4 m)). The central smokestack and two cooling towers can be seen from as far west as Evansville, 45 miles to the west, as far north as the U.S. 231-Interstate 64 Junction, and as far east as Lewisport, Kentucky and Tell City, Indiana. It can also be seen as far south as Owensboro, Kentucky as well. RGS is operated by Indiana Michigan Power, a branch of American Electric Power. During the 1980s a brief public walk-through simulator was set up in an office building across the road from the plant. It allowed the public to literally walk through and see how electricity was made at this power plant at that time. A decline in visitors and overhead needed to run the office, as well as the plants change in ownership, figured well into the closing of this public service. It is now offices for the Lincolnland Economic Development Corporation. Two identical non-cyclonic Babcock & Wilcox units (1.3 GW each) were launched into service in December 1984 and December 1989. They are among the largest coal units built. The plant is connected to the grid by 765 kilovolt transmission lines (the highest rated voltage used in the United States).[1]

Coal supply[edit]

The coal is delivered to the plant by railroad and by barges along the Ohio River.


  1. ^ "Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2006" (Excel). Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 

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