It was authorised in 1920. Construction took 5 years, cost £700,000 (equivalent to £36,010,000 in 2015)  and the first section was completed in September 1925. It was later expanded from the original 30MW to 316MW.
Much of the coal came from nearby Clifton Colliery and the power station had railway connections to the Nottingham branch of the Midland Main Line and the Great Central Railway. It provided power for Nottingham and the local surrounding area.
It closed in 1981 and was demolished shortly afterwards. The site has since been redeveloped and is now Riverside Retail Park.