Burlington Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Burlington Generating Station is an operating power station of at least 212-megawatts (MW) in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Burlington Generating Station Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States 40.7412, -91.11667 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 40.7412, -91.11667
  • Unit 1: 40.7412, -91.1167

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 1 retired coal - bituminous 212 subcritical 1968 2021
Unit 1 operating[1][2][3][4][5][6] gas[1] 212[1] steam turbine[1] no[7] 1968[1]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 1 Interstate Power and Light Co [100.0%]
Unit 1 Interstate Power and Light Company[7] Alliant Energy Corporation [100.0%]


Interstate Power and Light Company was to retire or convert to gas the Burlington plant by December 31, 2020, as part of the Injunctive Relief of the Clean Air Act Settlement.[8]

Burlington power station has additional four gas turbines, 20 MW each that fall outside of the Global Energy Monitor's eligibility criteria.[9][10]

Unit Retirement

The coal plant was planned for retirement at the end of 2021.[11][12] In its 2019 10K filing, Alliant Energy confirmed its plans for fuel switching or retiring Burlington by December 31, 2021.[13]

Alliant Energy planned coal-to-gas conversion of the plant at the end of 2021.[14] In May 2022, the plant was in the final steps of conversion to gas.[15]

The plant's Annual Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Fugitive Dust Control Report dated November 2022 claimed the plant in fact no longer burnt coal: "This facility permanently ended coal combustion at the end of 2021 and now uses natural gas for fuel."[16] Other reporting documents also referenced gas. For example: "IPL ended coal-fired operations at BGS on December 31, 2021, and continues to operate the boiler with natural gas."[17]

As of June 2023, the plant's Unit 1 is listed as gas-fired in EIA data.[9]

Emissions Data

  • CO2 Emissions: 1,551,488 tons (2006), 1,480,711.84 tons (2008)[18]
  • SO2 Emissions: 4,352.68 tons (2008)[19]
  • SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • NOx Emissions: 1,042.19 tons (2008)[19]
  • Mercury Emissions:

Coal Waste Sites

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory (May 2023)". Archived from the original on September 18, 2023. Retrieved June 21, 2023.
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20221104103929/https://www.alliantenergy.com/cleanenergy/ourenergyvision/poweringwhatsnext/cleanenergyblueprint/cebiowa. Archived from the original on 04 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20230130134933/https://www.thegazette.com/energy/why-power-plants-are-using-natural-gas-instead-of-coal/. Archived from the original on 30 January 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20220823235251/https://www.thehawkeye.com/story/news/2022/05/11/alliant-energy-burlington-generating-station-ready-natural-gas/9569529002/. {{cite web}}: Check |archive-url= value (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20220517032156/https://ccr.alliantenergy.com/burlington/surfaceimpoundment/operatingcriteria. Archived from the original on 17 May 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20220517044759/https://ccr.alliantenergy.com/burlington/surfaceimpoundment/closurepostclosurecare. Archived from the original on 17 May 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory (April 2022)". Archived from the original on July 12, 2022. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  8. "Interstate Power and Light Company Clean Air Act Settlement | US EPA". US EPA. Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory (based on Form EIA-860M as a supplement to Form EIA-860) - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)". www.eia.gov. June 27, 2023. Retrieved June 28, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Methodology". Global Energy Monitor.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Alliant closes coal facility in Wisconsin amid transition to natural gas" thehawkeye.com, October 7, 2018
  12. "EIA 860 2018" eia.gov, Form EIA-860 detailed data with previous form data, accessed June 17, 2020
  13. "Alliant Energy 10-k filing, page 96" alliantenergy.gcs.web.com, accessed June 17,2020
  14. "Alliant Energy | Powering What's Next: Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa". www.alliantenergy.com. Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  15. "Alliant Energy's Burlington power station goes greener with elimination of coal" The Hawk Eye, May 11, 2022
  16. "Annual Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Fugitive Dust Control Report," Burlington Generating Station (BGS), Interstate Power and Light Company, November 18, 2022
  17. "Closure Plan for Existing CCR Surface Impoundments," Burlington Generating Station, SCS Engineers, December 8, 2022
  18. Iowa Operating Permit Application, Title V Annual Emissions Summary
  19. 19.0 19.1 Iowa Operating Permit Application, Form 5.0, Title V Annual Emissions Summary

Additional data

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