One more coal plant will bite the dust as the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) board voted Thursday to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, TN, and replace it with a natural-gas facility.
TVA committed to install emission controls or retire Allen’s coal units by December 2018 under a 2011 agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions across its coal-fired generating fleet.
Environmental groups said the Allen plant causes a pollution hazard and the TVA should shut it down and replace it with a facility that generates cleaner energy. Groups such as the Sierra Club had pushed TVA to replace the plant with a mix of natural gas, solar and wind power.
TVA is the nation’s largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in several states.
The Allen plant joins a slew of others across the country headed toward shut down or refitting to natural gas.