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Ratts Generating Station

The Frank E. Ratts Generating Station holds a place of honor in the history of Hoosier Energy and Indiana’s rural electric cooperative movement.

Rising nine stories above the ground on the banks of the White River near Petersburg in Pike County, the 250-megawatt low-cost coal plant was Indiana’s first electric cooperative power plant. When the plant came online in January 1970 it marked the end of fierce battles with investor-owned utilities and a new era of cooperative generation in Indiana.

Over the years, Hoosier Energy invested millions to reduce air emissions and improve combustion and efficiency. But by 2012, it became apparent that the coal plant could not cost effectively meet increasingly stricter environmental regulations. After setting generating records throughout much of its history, the plant operated for the last time at 9:50 a.m. on March 10, 2015.

The plant’s highly dedicated, close-knit workforce performed superbly over the plant’s lifespan, operating the generating station efficiently and safely for more than four decades.

The Ratts workforce made the plant a place of special distinction.

That legacy will live on, thanks to them.

Ratts Generating Station Facts

Since the Ratts Plant began operation in 1970