Plant power has been thinning in the U.S. in the past few months, but that’s not the case nationwide.
The state-of-the-art plant in Decatur, Alabama, has made a major comeback, producing more than half the energy it used to in October.
“This is the largest ever,” said Jim Hagan, the state’s director of natural resources.
“It’s been very successful, with about a quarter of what we used to produce.
I don’t think we’ve seen that in decades.”
The plant’s owner, Alabama Power, says it has had about 100 days to get back on track.
“It’s definitely been the fastest turnaround in the state,” said Hagan.
“We had to go from a production capacity of about 250,000 megawatt hours to about 200,000.”
Alabama Power says it is working with other utilities to find ways to get energy back into the market.
The plant produces more than 10 percent of the nation’s power.
The plants main competitor is natural gas, which has surged in price over the past year.
In December, prices jumped nearly a third to $2.40 per million British thermal units, or Btu.
That’s a significant jump from the average of $1.70 per million Btu in the summer of 2016.
The price of natural gas has been so high that consumers in some areas are paying more for gas than they did a year ago.
“We have been able to put in place measures to help consumers understand the pricing implications of their purchases,” said Brian Jones, a spokesman for Alabama Power.
Jones says the plant’s production has continued to improve.
“This is one of the largest plants in the country,” he said.
“The plants ability to produce this much energy is unprecedented.
We believe the plant will continue to make good on its promise of a sustainable, safe and efficient power generation system.”