Gallatin Fossil Plant

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Gallatin Fossil Plant
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Gallatin Fossil Plant
Location of the Gallatin Fossil Plant
CountryUnited States
LocationGallatin, Tennessee
Coordinates36°18′53″N 86°24′01″W / 36.31472°N 86.40028°W / 36.31472; -86.40028Coordinates: 36°18′53″N 86°24′01″W / 36.31472°N 86.40028°W / 36.31472; -86.40028
Commission dateCoal units
Unit 1: 1956
Unit 2: 1957
Units 3–4: 1959
Natural gas units
Units 1-4: 1975
Units 5-8: 2000
Owner(s)Tennessee Valley Authority
Operator(s)Tennessee Valley Authority
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal, natural gas
Power generation
Nameplate capacity1,576 MW

The Gallatin Fossil Plant is a coal and natural gas-fired power plant near Gallatin, Tennessee operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The plant was originally entirely a coal-fired plant, constructed in the 1950s, and natural gas units were added later.


The Gallatin Fossil Plant is located on 1,950 acres of land on the Cumberland River The plant consists of four coal-fired units, with a combined generating capacity of 976 net megawatts (MW).[1] The plant contains four Westinghouse and four GE combustion turbine units, with a combined capacity of 600 MW net, and these units, located adjacent to the coal units, are sometimes referred to separately from the coal units as the Gallatin Combustine Turbine Plant.[2]


Gallatin was originally entirely a coal-fired plant. Groundbreaking for the plant occurred on May 11, 1953. Unit one began operation on November 8, 1956, unit two on June 27, 1957, unit three on May 22, 1959, and unit four on August 9, 1959.[1] The first four gas-fired units was added in 1975, and the last four in 2000.[2] In 2019, TVA agreed to remove 12 million tons of coal ash at a cost of $640 million during 20 years.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Gallatin Fossil Plant". Tennessee Valley Authority. 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  2. ^ a b "Gallatin Combustion Turbine Plant". Tennessee Valley Authority. 2017. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  3. ^ Morehouse, Catherine (2019-06-14). "TVA agrees to excavate 12M tons of coal ash after 5-year battle". Utility Dive.