Widows Creek Fossil Plant
Widows Creek Fossil Plant, named for a creek that flows through the plant site, is located on Guntersville Reservoir on the Tennessee River in northeast Alabama. Widows Creek began generating power on July 1, 1952.
Groundbreaking for the plant occurred on March 28, 1950. All eight of its turbo-generators were in full operation by early 1965.
Due to a changing regulatory and economic environment, the last of its original eight units—unit 7—will stop producing power by October 2015. Units 1 through 6 were retired in stages between May 2012 and July 2013. Unit 8 was idled in October 2014.
Unit 7 currently generates 460 MW, which is enough to supply approximately 200,000 homes.
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 Widows Creek.
TVA monitors other emissions at its fossil plants, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury. Check here for the latest data on Widows Creek.