Plant Scherer

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Plant Scherer
Plant Scherer is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Plant Scherer
Location of Plant Scherer
Official nameRobert W. Scherer Electric Generating Plant
CountryUnited States
LocationMonroe County, near Juliette, Georgia
Coordinates33°03′45″N 83°48′14″W / 33.062593°N 83.803883°W / 33.062593; -83.803883Coordinates: 33°03′45″N 83°48′14″W / 33.062593°N 83.803883°W / 33.062593; -83.803883
Commission date1982
Owner(s)(see article)
Operator(s)Georgia Power
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Power generation
Units operational4 × 880 MW
Nameplate capacity3,520 MW
Capacity factor61.2%

The Robert W Scherer Power Plant (also known as Plant Scherer) is a coal-fired power plant in Juliette, Georgia, just north of Macon, Georgia, in the United States. The plant has four units, each producing 880 megawatts, and is the most powerful coal-fired plant in North America. The plant is named after the former chairman and chief executive officer of Georgia Power.[1]


Plant Scherer consists of four units, each with a rated capacity of 891 megawatts, but producing 880 MW. The first unit was brought online in 1982. Additional units were brought online in 1984, 1987, and 1989, respectively.

It has two 1,001-foot (305 m) chimneys, the first built in 1982 and the second in 1986. Based on data as of 2018, Plant Scherer is the fourth-largest electric generating plant in the United States, the largest to be fueled exclusively by coal,[2] and the #1 emitter of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S., at over 20 million tons per year.[3]

The plant's location is along the flight path of many commercial airline flights originating from or terminating at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, and is a prominent feature on the landscape, easily visible during daylight flights.

Operator and ownership[edit]

The plant is operated by Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company. The plant is jointly owned by Georgia Power and sister company Gulf Power,[4] along with Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the city of Dalton, Georgia; NextEra Energy (through subsidiary Florida Power & Light); JEA of Jacksonville, Florida; and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia.[5]

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
OPC 60.0% 60.0%
Georgia Power   8.4%   8.4% 75.0%
FPL 76.4%
MEAG 30.2% 30.2%
Gulf Power 25.0%
JEA 23.6%
City of Dalton   1.4%   1.4%

Coal trains[edit]

The coal used at the Scherer plant comes from Wyoming's Powder River Basin, and is delivered by Norfolk Southern to the plant by BNSF unit trains of up to 135 cars. Currently,[when?] at least two and as many as five trains a day are unloaded at Plant Scherer. The trains use an air-dump system and are unloaded from the bottom of the cars while passing over the unloading trestle. They do not stop while unloading, and are usually unloaded in around 90 minutes. Train ID numbers are usually NS 732-739. Trains get on Memphis District via BNSF and on Atlanta District in Chattanooga.


As of August 2012, Plant Scherer is under Georgia EPD investigation for coal ash pond leeching / drinking water contamination and air pollution / air quality. According to Natural History magazine, as of 2006 Plant Scherer is the largest single point-source for carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.[6] It was also ranked the 20th in the world in terms of carbon dioxide emissions by the Center for Global Development on its list of global power plants in November 2007. It was the only power plant in the United States that was listed in the world's top 25 Carbon Dioxide producers.[7]

Regulatory Policies and Institutions[edit]

Since 2009 Lisa Jackson, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed controversial rules and regulations which include the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.[8] Under CSAPR, non-complying plants like Scherer had only less than six months to implement required changes.

In 2011 Southern Company awarded KBR the contract for the installation of Plant Scherer's environmental compliance equipment, which included installation of flue-gas desulfurization and selective catalytic reduction equipment, related ductwork, and auxiliaries at two coal-fired units.[9]

As of 2010, KBR, Haliburton and other contractors constructed an additional 847-foot (258 m) high smoke stack.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robert W Scherer Power Plant (PDF) (Report). Georgia: Georgia Power. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Electricity in the United States - Energy Explained, Your Guide To Understanding Energy - Energy Information Administration". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  3. ^ Source: EPA
  4. ^ Highest CO2 Emitting Power Plants in the World (Report). Washington, DC: Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA). Retrieved April 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) Power Generation Facilities". Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG). Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Feature". Natural History. 2012. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01.
  7. ^ MacDonald, Lawrence (14 November 2007). "Center for Global Development CGD ranks CO2 emissions from power plants worldwide". Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ Westmoreland (Republican Member of Congress), Lynn (27 September 2011). "The EPA puts the screws to power plants". The Citizen.
  9. ^ "KBR to Execute Equipment Installation at One of the Nation's Largest Power Generating Stations". Houston, Texas: KBR. 15 August 2011.

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