Columbus ADM power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Columbus ADM power station is a 71-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the state of Nebraska, United States.[1]


The map below shows the approximate location of the power station in the state of Nebraska, United States.

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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.[2] From 2006 to 2016, ADM spent $1.3 billion to build its facilities (which also included mills) in Columbus and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[3] The plant was commissioned in 2010.

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]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Archer Daniels Midland Co
  • Parent company: Archer Daniels Midland
  • Location: the state of Nebraska, United States
  • Coordinates: 41.4328, -97.3586 (approx.)
  • Coal type: Bituminous/sub-bituminous
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 71 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 71 MW (start-up in 2010)

Articles and Resources


  1. "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.
  2. "ADM Announces New Power Plant For Columbus, Nebraska". ADM. February 9, 2006. Retrieved 2021-05-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Osborn, Jim (February 17, 2016). "Future of ADM dry mill under review". Columbus Telegram. 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.