Bull Run Fossil Plant

Bull Run Fossil Plant

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Bull Run Fossil Plant, commonly known as Bull Run Steam Plant, is a 900-MWe coal-fired electric generating station owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.


Bull Run Plant is located on , in the Claxton community of Anderson County, Tennessee, on the north bank of Bull Run Creek, directly across the Clinch River (Melton Hill Lake) from Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


Construction began on April 2, 1962 and was completed on June 12, 1967, when the plant began commercial operation.

Units and operating parameters

The plant is the only single-generator coal-fired plant in the TVA system. The plant's winter net generating capacity is about 889 MWe. and requires of cooling water per hour. Its supercritical boiler operates at a pressure of and temperature of .


When the generator first went into operation, it was the largest in the world (measured in terms of the volume of steam produced). Bull Run's heat rate (measure of the amount of heat used to produce a kWh of electricity) was the best of any plant in the United States in 1975, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 2001, and 2004. Bull Run Fossil Plant named the most energy-efficient coal-fired power plant in the nation by Electric Light & Power magazine for...
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