Greene County Steam Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Greene County Steam Plant was a 568.4-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station operated by Alabama Power near Forkland, Alabama. The plant was converted to natural gas in 2016.[1]


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station near Hwy. 43. with the coal infrastructure already removed.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Alabama Power Company 60%[2], Mississippi Power Company 40%[3]
  • Parent Company: Southern Company
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 568.4 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 299.2 MW (1965), Unit 2: 269.2 MW (1966)
  • Location: Hwy. 43 and C.R. 18, Forkland, AL 36740
  • GPS Coordinates: 32.601889, -87.781694
  • Technology: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Fleetwood Mine nr1 (Alabama Power Company), Blended Alabama Coal from multiple mines (Alabama Coal Coorperative)[4]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: The 2 coal units converted to natural gas in 2016.[5]

Coal retirement

As part of a deal to end litigation regarding cost over-runs at the Kemper Project, Mississippi Power has agreed to cease coal operations at Plant Greene County and convert units 1 and 2 to natural gas no later than April 16, 2016.[6]

The plant stopped burning coal in March 2016 and was converted to run on natural gas by September 2016.[7]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 4,290,043 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 37,863 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 6,518 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 607 lb.

Coal Waste Site

Greene County Plant ranked 30th on list of most polluting power plants in terms of coal waste

In January 2009, Sue Sturgis of the Institute of Southern Studies compiled a list of the 100 most polluting coal plants in the United States in terms of coal combustion waste (CCW) stored in surface impoundments like the one involved in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill.[8] The data came from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2006, the most recent year available.[9]

Greene County Steam Plant ranked number 30 on the list, with 1,343,973 pounds of coal combustion waste released to surface impoundments in 2006.[8]

Citizen Groups

See also Alabama and coal

Articles and Resources


  1. "Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory", 860m March 2020
  2. "2015 Annual Report, page 61", accessed June 2020
  3. "About Mississippi Power Company", June 27, 2014.
  4. "EIA 923 2015" EIA 923 2015.
  5. "Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory", 860m March 2020
  6. "Mississippi Power And Sierra Club Settle Litigation Over Coal Plant Construction," AP, Aug 4, 2014.
  7. Anna Catherine Roberson, "Federal mandates drive Greene County plant’s move from coal to gas," Alabama News Center, September 13, 2016
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sue Sturgis, "Coal's ticking timebomb: Could disaster strike a coal ash dump near you?," Institute for Southern Studies, January 4, 2009.
  9. TRI Explorer, EPA, accessed January 2009.

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