KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —
The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to close coal-powered units in Colbert and Jackson counties and replace two more in Kentucky with a new natural gas plant.
At today's meeting, TVA CEO Bill Johnson said increasingly stringent environmental regulations and flat power demand have made it necessary to rethink how the utility generates power.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met with Johnson last month to seek continued operation of the coal-burning Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky. One coal-fired unit will remain there.
The board also voted to close all five units at the Colbert plant in Colbert County and one of two remaining units at the Widow's Creek plant in Jackson County.
Board members from Alabama and Kentucky said the closures were difficult but necessary.