Kentucky political leaders vow they are not giving up their fight to save the last remaining coal-burning generating unit at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Paradise Steam Plant in Muhlenberg County after the federal utility’s board of directors voted 6-1 on February 14 to retire the 971-megawatt (MW) facility by December 31, 2020.

The board’s decision — it also voted to shutter the 803-MW Bull Run coal plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by December 1, 2023 — was a rebuke to President Donald Trump and Kentucky’s top elected officials who had openly lobbied for the Paradise 3 unit to remain in operation. Paradise’s other two former coal units, totaling about 1,408 MW, were closed two years ago and replaced by a new 1,150-MW natural gas-fired plant.
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