Mohave Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Mohave Generating Station was a 1,636.2-megawatt (MW) coal fired power plant located in Laughlin, Nevada, near the border of California and Arizona.


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Plant Data

  • Owner:
    • Southern California Edison (56%)
    • Salt River Project (20%)
    • Nevada Power Company (14%)
    • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (10%)
  • Parent Company: Edison International
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,636.2 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 818.1 MW (1971), Unit 2: 818.1 MW (1971)
  • Location: 655 Bruce Woodbury Dr., Laughlin, NV 89029
  • GPS Coordinates: 35.144284, -114.593273
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: Both Units officially retired in 2012.


Southern California Edison is the majority owner of the plant and was its operator. The plant is currently shut down.[1] Coal for the plant was transported in a 273 mile long slurry pipeline from the Peabody Energy Black Mesa coal mine, located on lands belonging to the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe.

Mohave Generating Station

In 2005, the Mohave Generating Station ceased operations due to a Clean Air Act lawsuit and because Navajo and Hopi tribes passed resolutions ending Peabody’s use of the Black Mesa aquifer. According to the EPA, the coal plant was the dirtiest in the Western U.S., emitting up to 40,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per year.[2]

Southern California Edison chose to shut down the plant rather than upgrade it to acceptable pollution standards. The plant was the sole customer of the Black Mesa mine, and Peabody did not have an alternative source of water, so operation of the mine and slurry line ceased as well.

In 2006, the Office of Surface Mining released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that included plans to re-build the coal slurry line to transport coal to the Mohave Generating Station. However that plan was halted in favor of an alternative proposal to supply Black Mesa coal to the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona.[3]

On June 11, 2009, Southern California Edison announced that the plant is being permanently decommissioned. The plant should be dismantled by 2010.[4]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 0 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 0 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh: 0 tons
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 0 tons
  • 2006 Mercury Emissions: 0 lb.

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