Green River Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Green River Generating Station was a 263.6-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station operated by Kentucky Utilities Company near Central City, Kentucky.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: Kentucky Utilities Company
  • Parent Company: PPL
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 263.6 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 37.5 MW (1950), Unit 2: 37.5 MW (1950), Unit 3: 75.0 MW (1954), Unit 4: 113.6 MW (1959)
  • Location: U.S. Highway 431, Central City, KY 42330
  • GPS Coordinates: 37.363056, -87.121389
  • Coal Consumption:
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  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: Units 1 and 2 retired in 2003, Unit 3 and 4 retired in 2015.[1]


In September 2011, E.ON subsidiaries LG&E and Kentucky Utilities reportedly asked the Kentucky Public Service commission to approve the purchase of Bluegrass Generation Co’s 495 MW natural gas-fired power plant, to replace their Green River Generating Station and Tyrone Generating Station.[2]

On May 3, 2012, the purchase of the Bluegrass gas plant was approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission.[3]

The coal-fired power station is planned for closure in 2016.[4] It was closed in September 2015.[5]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 1,169,616 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
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Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Green River Generating Station

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.[6] The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma-related episodes and asthma-related emergency room visits, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, peneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal-fired power plants. Fine particle pollution is formed from a combination of soot, acid droplets, and heavy metals formed from sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and soot. Among those particles, the most dangerous are the smallest (smaller than 2.5 microns), 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. 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.

The table below estimates the death and illness attributable to the Green River Generating Station. 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.[7]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Green River Generating Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 21 $150,000
Heart attacks 31 $3,300,000
Asthma attacks 340 $18,000
Hospital admissions 15 $350,000
Chronic bronchitis 13 $5,500,000
Asthma ER visits 20 $8,000

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

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