Rockport Generating Station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Rockport Power Plant)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Rockport Generating Station
Rockport Generating Station.jpg
Rockport Generating Station as seen from near the Natcher Bridge
Rockport Generating Station is located in Indiana
Rockport Generating Station
Location of Rockport Generating Station
CountryUnited States
LocationOhio Township, Spencer County, Indiana
Coordinates37°55′32″N 87°02′02″W / 37.92556°N 87.03389°W / 37.92556; -87.03389Coordinates: 37°55′32″N 87°02′02″W / 37.92556°N 87.03389°W / 37.92556; -87.03389
Commission dateUnit 1: December 1984
Unit 2: December 1988
Owner(s)Indiana-Michigan Power
Thermal power station
Primary fuelBituminous coal
TypeSteam turbine
Cooling sourceOhio River
Cooling towers2 × Natural Draft
Power generation
Units operational2 × 1300 MW
Nameplate capacity2600 MW
Capacity factor48.0% (2017)
Annual net output10,923 GWh (2017) [1]

Rockport Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant, located along the Ohio River in Ohio Township, Spencer County, Indiana, in the United States, near Rockport, Indiana. The power plant is located along U.S. Route 231 (segment known as the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Parkway), approximately one mile north of the William H. Natcher Bridge, spanning the Ohio River. It is operated by Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidy of American Electric Power.

Individual units[edit]

Two identical non-cyclonic Babcock & Wilcox units (1,300 MW each[2]) were launched into service in December 1984 and December 1988. They are among the largest coal units built. The plant is connected to the grid by 765 kilovolt transmission lines (the highest rated voltage used in the United States).[3]

Coal supply[edit]

The coal[where?] is delivered to the plant by barges along the Ohio River.[citation needed] The plant burns in excess of seven million short tons of coal a year. To minimize cost, AEP announced in February 2018 that Rockport will rely solely on coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.[4]


The power plant features the tallest smokestack in Indiana, and is one of the tallest smokestacks in the world at 1,038 feet (316.4 m). The central smokestack and two cooling towers can be seen from as far west as Evansville, 45 miles to the west, as far north as the U.S. 231-Interstate 64 Junction, and as far east as Lewisport, Kentucky and Tell City, Indiana. It can also be seen as far south as Owensboro, Kentucky as well. Travellers along U.S. 231 north of Indiana 66 can get within a 1/4 mile of these rather imposing structures.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Rockport Power Plant on
  3. ^ "Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2006" (Excel). Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  4. ^ Matyi, Bob (February 27, 2018). "AEP unit's Rockport plant in Indiana to switch almost entirely to PRB coal". Platts. Retrieved February 28, 2018.

External links[edit]