Tenaska Westmoreland


Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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The Tenaska Central Alabama Generating Station near Billingsley, Alabama, is an 885-megawatt combined-cycle facility similar to that proposed for Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The facility contributes approximately $5.6 million annually in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors.

Tenaska, a respected energy company, is developing a site in Westmoreland County, on which to construct and operate a state-of-the-art electric generating facility. Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the plant would bring hundreds of construction jobs, many well-paying, full-time jobs and power to meet the growing demand for electricity in the region.

Tenaska builds, owns and operates environmentally responsible electric generating facilities. Its reputation is sound. Three of Tenaska’s plants have received “Project of the Year” honors from industry sources. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental organization, has listed Tenaska in benchmarking studies since 2004 as having among the lowest fleet-wide average emission rates for fossil-fueled power plants in the United States.

Economic Impact

If built in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, the facility would:

  • Result in more property tax revenue to local units of government;
  • Boost the local economy, with a total estimated construction cost of more than $500 million; and
  • Provide, on average, more than 300 jobs during construction and up to 25 well-paying, full-time jobs during operation.