The Eastman Power and Light plant near Roswell will become the nation’s largest coal-fired power plant with an emissions-control program
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s power plant near downtown Roswell is the nation�s largest coal plant with emissions controls, a new report says.
The Tennessee Valley Coalition, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, released its report Wednesday. The state�s power industry has long battled environmental concerns, but it also is battling new pollution regulations under President Donald Trump, including the Clean Power Plan.
The new report, called “A Clean Future,” found that the plant, which sits on the site of a former gas station, could be a model for future power plants.
The group expects to see about 1,000 megawatts of new coal capacity built by 2030, mostly in the region.
That would create 1,200 permanent jobs, and 1,800 indirect and indirect job growth, the report said.
The Eastman power facility in Roswell has the lowest number of new jobs in the country, according to the study.
That�s because the plant will operate at a much lower carbon intensity than its neighbors in the area, the Tennessee Valley Project said in a statement.
The group found that Eastman, a company owned by the family of Bill and Lynn Eastman and a former coal mining operation, has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Eastman says it plans to produce a cleaner energy source.
The study found that nearly one-third of the plant�s emissions come from emissions from the facility�s water treatment system, which will be turned off for 15 years to comply with the Clean Water Act.
The report did not say how long the plant would remain offsite.
The coal plant, operated by the Tennessee River Power Co., is one of several that have been proposed for Roswell.
The company has spent about $2 billion to build a power plant and a facility for the plant that would be part of the Tennessee Gas Transmission Authority.
It is not clear when the plant is expected to start producing electricity.