Paradise Fossil Plant

TVA’s Paradise Fossil Plant is located in western Kentucky on the Green River near the village of Paradise. The plant has three units and three large natural-draft cooling towers. Paradise is TVA’s only coal-fired plant with cooling towers, which are more usually are seen at nuclear plants.

Units 1 and 2 went on-line in 1963, each with a generation capacity of 704 megawatts. At the time, they were the largest operating units in the world. A third unit became operational in 1970, with a summer net generating capacity of 971 MW. In 1985, a barge-unloading facility was added so that coal could be delivered by barge as well as by train and truck.

Paradise units 1 and 2 were retired in 2017. After a detailed review of fuel, transmission, economic and environmental impacts, as well as reviewing public input, on Feb. 14, 2019, the TVA Board of Directors approved the retirement of Paradise Unit 3 by December 2020.

TVA invested approximately $1 billion to build a gas-fired plant that to replace Paradise units 1 and 2. The new combined cycle plant was opened in April of 2017.

Toxics Release Inventory

TVA is required to report annually to the Environmental Protection Agency on the amounts of chemicals released by its fossil-fuel plants. Check here for the latest data on Paradise.

Emissions Data

TVA monitors other emissions at its fossil plants, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury. Check here for the latest data on Paradise.

Groundwater Monitoring Documents

CCR Rule Plant-Specific Data

The EPA regulates the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs). View CCR fact sheets and information for this site.

CCR Regulatory Oversight

CCR storage and monitoring is regulated at the national and state level. Learn more about the EPA CCR Rule and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Order on CCR.