What's My Connection to Mountaintop Removal?
"Mountaintop mining is practically raising the dead, while burying the living." - Larry Gibson, resident of Kayford mountain
In 1986, mountaintop removal operations began near Larry Gibson's home. Over the next 20 years, "the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous - 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Coal companies have flattened more than 12,000 acres of mountain landscape around his home. Where he once looked up at the peaks of Kayford from his family graveyard, he now looks 300 feet straight down at a blasted and devastated landscape. Read more.
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The closest power plant on your grid that is connected to mountaintop removal: Fayette Power Project, operated by Lower Colorado River Authority
Other coal-fired power plants on the ERCOT ISO grid that are connected to mountaintop removal
Coal suppliers to your grid that are not mountaintop removal mines, but which are owned by companies that operate mountaintop removal mines in Appalachia
Mountaintop removal mines that are connected to your power grid
Click any power plant to see how it is connected to mountaintop removal or any mine symbol to get a close-up view of that mine. The controls on the top left of the map allow you to zoom in closer to the ground or back out to get a broader perspective. Even easier, though, is to navigate with the "hand" tool. Clicking and dragging on the map will move the map in the same direction, double-clicking on a point will center the map on that point and zoom you in a little closer, and double clicking with the right mouse button (ctrl-click for macintosh users) to center on a point and zoom out.
Explain My Connection
WHO PROVIDES MY ELECTRICITY?
The Austin Energy service area is part of a larger interconnected electric grid operated by ERCOT ISO.
There are a total of 10 coal-fired power plants on this grid that are connected to mountaintop removal. Following are details on how each is connected to mountaintop removal.
If Austin Energy is not the company that sends your electric bill, please CLICK HERE to select your electric provider from a list.
If your electric provider is not on these lists, please notify us
THERE are 10 plants INDIRECTLY CONNECTED TO MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL ON YOUR GRID
Plants on the ERCOT ISO grid that do not use mountaintop removal coal directly, but purchase coal from companies that operate mountaintop removal mines in Central Appalachia include:
- Oklaunion , operated by Public Service Co of Oklahoma -- located in Wilbarger County, TX
- Limestone , operated by NRG Energy -- located in Limestone County, TX
- W A Parish , operated by NRG Energy -- located in Fort Bend County, TX
- Big Brown , operated by TXU Generation Co LP -- located in Freestone County, TX
- Gibbons Creek , operated by Texas Municipal Power Agency -- located in Grimes County, TX
- Martin Lake , operated by TXU Generation Co LP -- located in Rusk County, TX
- Monticello , operated by TXU Generation Co LP -- located in Titus County, TX
- Coleto Creek , operated by ANP -- located in Goliad County, TX
- Fayette Power Project , operated by Lower Colorado River Authority -- located in Fayette County, TX
- J T Deely , operated by CPS Energy -- located in Bexar County, TX