Johnsonville Fossil Plant
TVA’s Johnsonville Fossil Plant is located on 720 acres of land near Waverly, Tenn. It is named for the town of Johnsonville, which was flooded during the formation of the adjacent Kentucky Lake. The town was relocated several miles south and named New Johnsonville.
Johnsonville is the oldest fossil plant in the TVA fleet. Plant construction began May 12, 1949 with the first of the plant’s 10 operating units going into service Oct. 27, 1951. The final unit began generating electricity on Aug. 20, 1959.
Johnsonville can generate about 1,500 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power approximately 800,000 homes. Units 1 through 4 also provide steam to a nearby DuPont plant in a co-generation configuration. Johnsonville is the only TVA coal-fired co-generation facility.
Nevertheless, units 1 through 4 will cease generation by December 2017, as part of a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Units 5 through 10 were idled in 2012.
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 Johnsonville.
TVA monitors other emissions at its fossil plants, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury. Check here for the latest data on Johnsonville.