Northampton Generating Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Northampton Generating Plant is a 134.1-megawatt (MW) waste coal-fired power station owned and operated by Olympus Power in Northampton, Pennsylvania.


The Northampton facility is located at the site of the former Universal Atlas Cement Co., for many years the world's largest cement plant.[1]

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Northampton Generating Company
  • Parent Company: Olympus Power
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 134.1 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 134.1 MW (1995)
  • Location: 1 Horwith Dr., Northampton, PA 18067
  • GPS Coordinates: 40.691111, -75.47916
  • Technology: Subcritical Fluidized Bed Technology
  • Coal type: Waste Coal
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Swoyersville Coal Refuse Pile [2]
  • Number of Employees: 45[1]
  • Unit Retirements:


The Northampton Generating Plant is a 134-megawatt (nameplate capacity) cogeneration facility that provides electricity to Metropolitan Energy and process steam for use in Newstech's recycled paper mill. It is fueled by anthracite waste coal and petroleum coke. The plant is owned by Northampton Generating Company L.P., an affiliate of National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc.[1]

According to the Sierra Club, the plant is unique in that won an award as a "clean power plant" from the state in 1996, despite being ranked as one of the dirtiest power plants in the United States in 2002.[3]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 969,773 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
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  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

New Jersey lawsuit

On February 7th, 2007 the state of New Jersey took legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond when the state objected to a permit renewal application from a coal-fired plant in Portland, Pa., run by Reliant Energy Inc.[4]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Northampton Generating Plant," National Energy & Gas Transmission website, accessed Sep 2017
  2. "Four-Million-Ton Symbol of Coal’s Past Finally Being Cleaned Up", April 4, 2019.
  3. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed February 2009.
  4. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed February 2009.

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