Greene County Steam Plant

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} Greene County Steam Plant was a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Southern Company near Forkland, Alabama. Mississippi Power owns a 40 percent undivided interest in Plant Units 1 and 2.[1]

The plant was converted to natural gas in 2016.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station near Hwy. 43.

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Coal retirement

As part of a deal to end litigation regarding cost over-runs at the Kemper Project, Mississippi Power has agreed to cease coal operations at Plant Greene County and convert units 1 and 2 to natural gas no later than April 16, 2016.[2]

The plant stopped burning coal in March 2016 and was converted to run on natural gas by September 2016.[3]

Plant Data

  • Owner: Alabama Power Company
  • Parent Company: Southern Company
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 568 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 299 MW (1965), 299 MW (1966)
  • Location: Hwy. 43 and C.R. 18, Forkland, AL 36740
  • GPS Coordinates: 32.6025, -87.788917
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: East Brookwood Mine, Gibson Mine[4]
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 4,290,043 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 37,863 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 6,518 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 607 lb.

Coal Waste Site

Greene County Plant ranked 30th on list of most polluting power plants in terms of coal waste

In January 2009, Sue Sturgis of the Institute of Southern Studies compiled a list of the 100 most polluting coal plants in the United States in terms of coal combustion waste (CCW) stored in surface impoundments like the one involved in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill.[5] The data came from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2006, the most recent year available.[6]

Greene County Steam Plant ranked number 30 on the list, with 1,343,973 pounds of coal combustion waste released to surface impoundments in 2006.[5]

Citizen Groups

See also Alabama and coal

Articles and Resources


  1. "About Mississippi Power Company" Mississippi Power Company Website, August 2009.
  2. "Mississippi Power And Sierra Club Settle Litigation Over Coal Plant Construction," AP, Aug 4, 2014.
  3. Anna Catherine Roberson, "Federal mandates drive Greene County plant’s move from coal to gas," Alabama News Center, September 13, 2016
  4. "EIA 423 and Schedule 2 of EIA-923," EIA 923 Schedules 2, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sue Sturgis, "Coal's ticking timebomb: Could disaster strike a coal ash dump near you?," Institute for Southern Studies, January 4, 2009.
  6. TRI Explorer, EPA, accessed January 2009.

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