Burlington Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Burlington Generating Station is a 212.0-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station operated by Interstate Power and Light near Burlington, Iowa.


The plant is located on the Mississippi River south of Burlington, Iowa.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Interstate Power and Light[1]
  • Parent Company: Alliant Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 212.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 212.0 MW (1968)
  • Location: 4282 Sullivan Slough Rd., Burlington, IA 52601
  • GPS Coordinates: 40.741200, -91.116670
  • Technology: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Sub Bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Belle Ayr Mine (Bluegrass Commodities), North Antelope Rochelle Mine (Peabody)[2]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: The plant ceased the burning of coal at the end of 2021.[3]

Unit Retirement

The coal plant is planned for retirement at the end of 2021.[4][5] In its 2019 10K filing, Alliant Energy confirmed its plans for fuel switching or retiring Burlington by December 31, 2021.[6]

According to reports, the plant stopped firing coal at the end of 2021. The plant was to come back online as a natural gas plant in May 2022.[3]

Emissions Data

  • CO2 Emissions: 1,551,488 tons (2006), 1,480,711.84 tons (2008)[7]
  • SO2 Emissions: 4,352.68 tons (2008)[8]
  • SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • NOx Emissions: 1,042.19 tons (2008)[8]
  • Mercury Emissions:

Coal Waste Sites

Articles and Resources


  1. "Alliant Energy 10-k filing, page 22" alliantenergy.gcs.web.com, accessed June 17,2020
  2. "EIA 923 March 2020" EIA 923 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Alliant Energy's Burlington power station goes greener with elimination of coal" The Hawk Eye, May 11, 2022
  4. "Alliant closes coal facility in Wisconsin amid transition to natural gas" thehawkeye.com, October 7, 2018
  5. "EIA 860 2018" eia.gov, Form EIA-860 detailed data with previous form data, accessed June 17, 2020
  6. "Alliant Energy 10-k filing, page 96" alliantenergy.gcs.web.com, accessed June 17,2020
  7. Iowa Operating Permit Application, Title V Annual Emissions Summary
  8. 8.0 8.1 Iowa Operating Permit Application, Form 5.0, Title V Annual Emissions Summary

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