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TVA Adds More Megawatts with New Units at Paradise

Jan 2, 2024
  • Three new natural gas generating units are online at Paradise Combined Cycle Plant in Kentucky.
  • These state-of-the-art units can reach full power within 11 minutes to assist with meeting demand peaks, providing enhanced reliability and resiliency.
  • TVA has added nearly 1,500 megawatts of new generation in the last six months.
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DRAKESBORO, Ky. ­— Three new state-of-the-art natural gas units designed to withstand temperature extremes are now online at Paradise Combined Cycle Plant just in time for winter weather. The combustion turbine units are designed to start within minutes when electricity demand increases.

These units add an additional 750 megawatts of generation capacity to TVA’s operating fleet – enough to power more than 440,000 average homes. The units began commercial operation on Dec. 31. During testing, the three units came online to full power within 11 minutes. 

The new units join three other combustion turbines that began operating in July at the Colbert site in northern Alabama. Together, the two new sites add almost 1,500 megawatts to the grid that didn’t exist last winter.

“Natural gas is an important part of our transition to a carbon-neutral future while maintaining reliability,” said TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash. “These state-of-the-art units will allow us to respond quickly to load demand and improve flexibility as we add more renewable energy, which is not always available on demand.”

The new units are part of TVA’s plan to add more than 3,800 megawatts of generation to the grid by 2028, according to Jamie Cook, TVA's General Manager of Major Projects.

“Many of TVA’s new CTs are replacing older, less efficient units. Natural gas units are cleaner than coal-fired generation. We can also operate them when other sources of generation, like solar, aren’t available. They supplement those sources with reliable power when we need it most.”

More information on the Paradise units can be found in our newsroom at

Video Subjects: The first video is Paradise Combined Cycle Plant Manager Jim Phelps and the second is Benny Foshee, TVA Project Manager.

About TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


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