Hundreds of Shoals area jobs gone as Colbert Steam plant closes

Retiree Tom Morrow (right) opens the breaker releasing Colbert from the power grid. Unit operator Dennis Skipworth (left) bends over unit 1 control.

TVA’s Colbert Fossil Plant ended 61 years of electricity generation Wednesday evening, March 23, as unit 1—the last of its five units—emptied its coal bunker and separated from the power grid.

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