TVA Invites the Public to Ackerman Gas Plant Dedication on May 10

May 02, 2016

ACKERMAN, Miss. — The Tennessee Valley Authority invites area residents to the dedication of the Ackerman natural gas plant Tuesday, May 10, at 1 p.m. The plant, located at 2510 Pensacola Drive in Ackerman, is the newest addition to TVA’s generation fleet. It is capable of producing 705 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 400,000 homes.

TVA staff will be on hand to give tours of the facility and answer questions about its operation after the dedication. The Ackerman facility is the fifth generating plant TVA operates in Mississippi, and it plays a crucial role in the utility’s long-term strategy to diversify it generation portfolio.

As of 2015, natural gas accounted for 19 percent of TVA’s generation, compared with 10 percent in 2007. Looking ahead to 2020, TVA expects that natural gas will account for 23 percent of its total generation.

Combined-cycle natural gas plants like Ackerman offer TVA the flexibility to quickly add generation to the power system when needed. The plant can reach full power in as little as 20 minutes.

TVA purchased the Ackerman facility last year and has made technological, mechanical and facility upgrades, including new offices for employees. The plant was built in 2007.

TVA operates 106 natural gas- and fuel oil-fired generators at 14 sites. In addition to the five in Mississippi, TVA operates seven in Tennessee, one in Alabama and one in Kentucky. The plants have a total generating capacity of about 7,000 megawatts—enough to power 4 million homes.

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Contact

Chris Stanley
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000

tvainfo@tva.gov
(901) 577-2616