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SACE Applauds TVA’s Announcement to Step up Retirement of Widows Creek Unit 7
Knoxville, Tenn. – Today, the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously to give TVA CEO Bill Johnson the authority to accelerate the retirement of Unit 7 at the Widows Creek Fossil Plant located near Stevenson, Alabama. The 470 MW coal fired unit, originally slated for retirement in 2019, will now be retired at the discretion of the CEO but must occur no later than October 2015. Unit 7 is the final unit at the facility as Units 1-6 were retired between May 2012 and July 2013 following an EPA consent decree, and Unit 8 was idled in October 2014.
In response to today’s announcement, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, made this statement:
“SACE applauds and supports the TVA board for making the appropriate decision to accelerate the retirement of Unit 7 at the Widows Creek Fossil Plant. We believe it is always good news when a utility retires an inefficient coal plant and replaces it with cleaner generation.
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