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Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Stacks of Power

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
1. Stacks of Power Marker
Inscription.  In the early 1950s, fifteen investor-owned utility companies operating in the Ohio Valley joined to form the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation (IKEC). Until 2005, the IKEC's Clifty Creek Powerplant was unique in that it had only one primary customer, the Portsmouth Area Uranium-Enrichment Complex of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at Piketon, Ohio. The utility company has been a steady employer in the region since the Clifty Creek Plant began operation in 1955.

Energy at the Clifty Creek Plant is created by steam turbines using water from the Ohio River. Barges bring coal – 4.5 million tons per year – to the plant, where it is unloaded and fed to the 6 giant boilers, each of which holds 52,000 gallons of water. Each day, 1.4 billion gallons of Ohio River water are cycled through the plant while generating enough electricity to power a city of one million people.

As constructed, between 1953 and 1956, the plant's complex included three 683 foot stacks visible for miles. In 1978-1979 those stacks were replaced by two taller and more efficient stacks towering
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at 985 feet. They are 77 feet in diameter at their base and 34 feet at the top. They were built in conjunction with new electrostatic precipitators to remove particulate matter from the flue gas. Since its original construction at a cost of $158 million, the Clifty Creek Plant has spent over $360 million on environmental upgrades.

The construction of scrubbers to remove harmful emissions is to be completed by 2010 at a cost of $460 million.

By the Way: The ash created by the burning of coal at the plant is recycled and sold to concrete manufacturers.
 
Erected by Ohio River Scenic Byway.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1955.
 
Location. 38° 44.368′ N, 85° 25.675′ W. Marker is in Madison, Indiana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Clifty Hollow Road west of Thomas Hill Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1920 Clifty Hollow Rd, Madison IN 47250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison Hill Incline and Cut (approx. 1.7 miles away); Alois O. Bachman (approx. 1.9 miles away); Servicing the Automobile / Building Roads (approx. 1.9 miles away); Indiana's First Railroad / Madison's Boat Builders
Stacks of Power Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
2. Stacks of Power Marker
(approx. 2 miles away); Lower Seminary School / Trolley Barn (approx. 2.1 miles away); Madison's Riverfront / Underground Railroad (approx. 2.2 miles away); Railroad on the Riverfront / Madison's Iron Foundries (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cravens Square (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Stacks of Power. Work on the $460 million scrubber-installation project was suspended in 2008 but restarted in 2011. The project was completed in 2013 at a total cost of $670 million.
 
Also see . . .  Clifty Creek Generating Station. History and facts about the power-generating facility. (Ohio Valley Electric Corporation/Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation) (Submitted on September 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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