TVA plant in Kentucky halts last coal-burning unit

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DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has shut down its last coal-fired unit at a western Kentucky power plant.

Paradise Fossil Plant’s Unit 3 began operating in 1970 with a generating capacity of 1,080 megawatts.

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On Monday, the unit was separated from the power grid after 50 years in operation. It was the last unit burning coal at the massive power plant.

TVA’s Board of Directors voted in 2019 to retire the unit. The other two coal-fired units at Paradise were retired in 2017.