GE to provide natural gas turbines for Allen plant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis.

GE said Thursday that the natural gas-powered generators will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, compared with a typical coal-fired plant.

TVA’s board voted in August to retire the coal-fired Allen plant and replace it with a natural-gas facility.

At the time, TVA CEO Bill Johnson said the $975 million, 1,000-megawatt natural-gas fired plant will significantly cut emissions of carbon dioxide and gases that cause smog, while providing power to about 580,000 homes.

The U.S. government-owned utility supplies power to about 9 million people in seven states.