Tenaska Westmoreland

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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 $6.8 million annually in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors.

Tenaska, a respected energy company, is developing a site in Westmoreland County for a state-of-the-art electric generating facility. Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the plant would bring hundreds of construction jobs, up to 25 well-paying, full-time operations 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 fleetwide average emission rates for fossil-fueled power plants in the United States. The 2014 Top 100 Green Utilities report, published by trade journal Energy Intelligence, lists Tenaska 45th among power generators worldwide, based on low greenhouse gas emissions and the size of its renewable energy portfolio.

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.