Bailly Generating Station

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Bailly Generating Station
Bailly Generating Station is located in Indiana
Bailly Generating Station
Location of Bailly Generating Station
Country United States
Location Westchester Township, Porter County, near Chesterton, Indiana
Coordinates 41°38′36.75″N 87°07′23.31″W / 41.6435417°N 87.1231417°W / 41.6435417; -87.1231417Coordinates: 41°38′36.75″N 87°07′23.31″W / 41.6435417°N 87.1231417°W / 41.6435417; -87.1231417
Status Operational
Commission date Unit 1: 1962
Unit 2: 1968
Decommission date Units 1–2: May 31, 2018
Owner(s) Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Operator(s) Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal
Cooling source Lake Michigan
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 604 MW

The Bailly Generating Station was a 604 megawatt (MW) coal power 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] The plant ceased electrical generation on May 31, 2018.


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 million in new capital infrastructure to be retrofitted onto Bailly to capture sulphur dioxide (SO
) and nitrogen oxide (NOx).

Forthcoming Closure[edit]

Citing growing environmental and regulatory burdens, NIPSCO announced plans in August 2016 to shut down the Bailly Generating Plant.[2] The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) approved of the shut down in December 2016 after it was determined the plant's future closure would not affect the grid's reliability.[3] The plant shut down electrical generation from coal on May 31, 2018. Nevertheless, the site will continue to operate a natural gas peaker plant.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Northern Indiana Public Service Company Bailly Generating Station". United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  2. ^ Benman, Keith (August 25, 2016). "NIPSCO looks at closing one coal-fired power plant, part of another". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Benman, Keith (December 18, 2016). "NIPSCO will close Bailly power plant May 31, 2018". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  4. ^ Steele, Andrew (May 31, 2018). "Bailly Generating Station's coal-fired units to be retired". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved June 1, 2018.