Columbus ADM power station

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Columbus ADM power station is an operating power station of at least 71-megawatts (MW) in Columbus, Nebraska, United States.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Columbus ADM power station Columbus, Nebraska, United States 41.432778, -97.358611 (approximate)

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

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - bituminous, bioenergy - unknown, other - tires 71.4 subcritical 2010

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (ADM) [100.0%]

Project-level captive use details

  • Captive industry use (heat or power): agriculture


In 2006, the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced that it would construct a coal-fired co-generation power plant in Columbus, Nebraska, to provide power for its local corn milling and ethanol operations. This decision was made with the aim of reducing ADM’s energy costs and decreasing its vulnerability to energy market price fluctuations. The ADM Columbus plant was allowed to use a blend of fuels, including high and low sulfur coals and tire-derived fuel and biomass.[1] From 2006 to 2016, ADM spent $1.3 billion to build its facilities (which also included mills) in Columbus and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[2] The plant was commissioned in 2010.

The power station has 71 MW of coal-fired capacity.[3]

In 2020, ADM suspended its operations at the Columbus mill and power plant due to the COVID-19 pandemic's negative effects on the ethanol industry. In 2021, operations were restarted.[4]

Articles and Resources


  1. "ADM Announces New Power Plant For Columbus, Nebraska". ADM. February 9, 2006. Retrieved 2021-05-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Osborn, Jim (February 17, 2016). "Future of ADM dry mill under review". Columbus Telegram. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  3. "Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory (based on Form EIA-860M as a supplement to Form EIA-860) - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)". Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  4. Motley Fool Transcribers (2021-04-27). "Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Q1 2021 Earnings Call Transcript | The Motley Fool". The Motley Fool. Retrieved 2021-05-17.

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