Allen Fossil Plant

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Allen Fossil Plant
Allen Fossil Plant-3.jpg
Former Allen Fossil Plant in 2010
CountryUnited States
LocationMemphis, Tennessee
Coordinates35°4′25″N 90°8′55″W / 35.07361°N 90.14861°W / 35.07361; -90.14861Coordinates: 35°4′25″N 90°8′55″W / 35.07361°N 90.14861°W / 35.07361; -90.14861
Commission dateUnits 1–3: 1959
Decommission dateUnits 1–3: March, 2018
Owner(s)Tennessee Valley Authority
Operator(s)Tennessee Valley Authority
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Cooling sourceMemphis Light, Gas and Water
Power generation
Nameplate capacity741 MW
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons

The Allen Fossil Plant was a 741-megawatt (MW), coal power plant located south of Memphis, Tennessee. It generated electricity from 1959 to 2018. At the time of its closure, the plant was operated by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).


Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) began construction of the Allen Fossil Plant in 1956 with commercial generation beginning in 1959. The plant was named after Thomas H. Allen, a former president of MLGW. The TVA took over plant operations in 1964 as a lease with MLGW before buying the plant outright in 1984. Allen had a generating capacity of 741 MW.[1] TVA announced plans that Allen would be replaced with by the Allen Combined Cycle Plant, a natural gas plant, in order to reduce emissions by 2018 set by a 2011 agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).[2] TVA shut down the plant on March 31, 2018.[3]

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  1. ^ "Allen Fossil Plant". Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Dries, Bill (August 21, 2014). "TVA to Replace Allen Plant With Natural Gas". The Daily News. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "TVA Closes Allen Fossil Plant, Opens Gas Replacement". Associated Press. Power Engineering. May 1, 2018. Retrieved October 27, 2018.

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