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
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 Operational
Commission date Unit 1: June 1959
Unit 2: December 1958
Unit 3: April 1960
Unit 4: March 1961
Decommission date Unit 1: 2012
Unit 3: 2012
Owner(s) Duke Energy
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Bituminous coal
Type Steam turbine
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. Unit 2 began operating in 1958; unit 1 in 1959; unit 3 in 1960 and unit 4 in 1961. In early 2012, both Units 1 and 3 were retired.[1] Units 2 and 4 continue to operate because Duke Energy installed baghouses, greatly reducing the pollution and meeting 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.[2]

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).[3]

Waste heat[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gallagher-station". Duke Energy Corporation. Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2006" (Excel). Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Dirty Kilowatts 2007 Report Database". Environmental Integrity Project. Retrieved May 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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