Power Production

Generating Station Resources

Big Rivers owns and operates 1,114 MW of net generating capacity from four power stations:

Mike Pullen, Chief Operating Officer
  • Robert D. Green Station– 454 MW – Robards
  • D. B. Wilson Station– 417 MW – Centertown
  • Kenneth C. Coleman– Hawesville (idled)
  • Robert A. Reid Station–  Robards (idled)
A second source of power for the Big Rivers system comes from contractual rights to 178 MW of hydropower from the Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA). Big Rivers’ total generating capacity is 1,114 MW, including owned assets and contractual rights:
  • Owned generation – 936 MW
  • SEPA hydropower – 178 MW
Nathan Berry, VP Production

Navigant GKS Operational Excellence Awards In 2015, Navigant recognized Henderson Municipal Power & Light Station Two as the Top Performer with the GKS Fossil Plant Operational Excellence Award in the small plant category when compared to its peers, which includes generating stations with units that average 300 MW or less. Also in 2015, Navigant recognized Wilson Station as the Runner-Up with the GKS Fossil Plant Operational Excellence Award in the medium plant category when compared to its peers, which includes generating stations with units with a generating output between 301 and 600 MW. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Navigant recognized Coleman Station as the Top Performer with the GKS Fossil Plant Operational Excellence Award in the small plant category when compared to its peers, which included generating stations with units that average 200 MW or less. Coleman Station produces a total of 443 MW from its three generating units; an average unit size of about 148 MW each. Data used in Navigant’s analysis of cost and performance includes more than 650 coal-fired units, or 75 percent of the U.S. electric-generating coal fleet. Plants were evaluated over a five-year period in five areas: efficient management of non-fuel operations and maintenance costs, high availability, improving reliability trend, predictable reliability performance, and personnel safety performance. These national awards are a testament to Big River’s reliable generating units, efficient operation, effective planning and conscientious employees who embrace the values of safety, excellence and teamwork. We are very proud of each one of the dedicated team members who comprise our production group, as each generating station works together using a system-wide team approach to make investment and maintenance decisions. NavigantAward-1-11