International Paper Savannah Mill

From Global Energy Monitor

International Paper's Savannah Paper Mill was a 154.0-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by International Paper in Savannah, Georgia. The plant has been converted to use gas and biomass.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: International Paper
  • Parent Company: International Paper
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 154.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 9: 71.2 MW (1981), Unit 10: 82.8 MW (1998)
  • Location: 1201 West Lathrop Ave., Savannah, GA 31415
  • GPS Coordinates: 32.103777, -81.124860
  • Technology: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Sub Bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Scotts Branch, Perry County Prep Plant[1]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: Unit 9 switched to Natural Gas in 2014/2015, Unit 10 switched to Biomass.[2]

Ending Use of Coal

Unit 10 of the plant was originally constructed as a coal-burning unit but switched to primarily burning biomass between 2008 and 2010, but continued to co-fire coal until 2015. Unit 9 switched from coal to natural gas between 2014 and 2015. Fuel switch information is based on the EIA860 and EIA923 databases, not clear on the exact moment of switching, last coal delivery was in 2015.[3][1]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 1,044,578 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions:
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Legislative issues

House Bill 276, proposed by Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), would put a 5-year moratorium on building new coal plants and eliminate the burning of Appalachian coal mined by mountaintop removal by mid-2016. The Appalachian Mountain Preservation Act would gradually prohibit Georgia coal consumers from using Central Appalachian mountaintop removal beginning in 2011. The bill is backed by environmental groups including Appalachian Voices but received strong opposition from POWER4Georgians, a coalition of 10 electric co-operatives seeking to build a $2 billion 850-megawatt supercritical coal plant in Washington County.[4][5]

Citizen groups

Focus the Nation: Valdosta State University

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "EIA 923 2015" EIA 923 2015.
  2. "Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory", 860m March 2020
  3. "EIA 860 generator database", accessed June 2020
  4. "Georgia bill proposes moratorium on new coal plants," Reuters, February 4, 2009.
  5. Margaret Newkirk, "Bill would restrict coal power plants," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 4, 2009.

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