Gerald Gentleman Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Gerald Gentleman Station is a 1,362.6-megawatt coal-fired power station owned and operated by the Nebraska Public Power District near Sutherland, Nebraska.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: Nebraska Public Power District
  • Parent Entity: State of Nebraska
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,363.6 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 681.3 MW (1979), Unit 2: 681.3 MW (1982)
  • Location: 6089 Highway 25 South, Sutherland, NE 69165
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.083611, -101.145554
  • Technology: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Sub-Bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Belle Ayr Mine (Bluegrass Commodities), Cordero Rojo Mine (Navajo Nation), Caballo Mine (Peabody), School Creek Mine (Peabody)[1]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements:

Solar Development reported on July 14, 2020 that the French utility scale solar developer Photosol had acquired a lease option for a 5,000 acre area near the Gerald Gentleman Station to develop two utility scale solar systems totaling 400MW and 250MW, as well as a 325 MW battery storage system. The company has applied to the Southwest Power Pool for interconnections for the projects and received approval for the 400MW project, at the time of the article. stated that renewable power projects often fail because of high costs for grid connections, thus the grid connections left by retiring coal plants can become big assets for renewable developers.[2]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 11,192,809 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 31,135 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 17,647 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 250 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Gerald Gentleman

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[3] Fine particle pollution consists of a complex mixture of soot, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Among these particles, the most dangerous are those less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, and pneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal plant emissions. These deaths and illnesses are major examples of coal's external costs, i.e. uncompensated harms inflicted upon the public at large. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities. To monetize the health impact of fine particle pollution from each coal plant, Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[4]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Gerald Gentleman

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 23 $170,000,000
Heart attacks 35 $3,900,000
Asthma attacks 400 $21,000
Hospital admissions 16 $390,000
Chronic bronchitis 15 $6,400,000
Asthma ER visits 24 $9,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011

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