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Power Plants

Cleco Power, our regulated utility, is an industry leader in the safe operation and management of its power plants. This tradition of excellence began in 1938 with Rea Station, the company's first power plant, in Bunkie, Louisiana.

Today, Cleco Power owns and operates 11 generating units with 3,340 megawatts of *nameplate generating capacity. Cleco Power operates an additional 1,271 megawatts for its partners.

We use multiple generating sources and multiple fuels to serve our customers.  In addition to power generated by Cleco units, we have access to purchased power when it's needed and when it's more cost effective than our generation.

* Nameplate capacity represents the unit's capacity at the start of commercial operations.

Regulated Power Plants

Brame Energy Center - This series of plants sits on 6,000 acres and uses man-made Rodemacher Lake as a cooling source for the plant's generating units. The lake covers about half of the site.

To reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, contractors planted 65,000 hardwood seedlings on about 120 acres of the plant site in 2001. The Brame Energy Center also is working with Headwaters Resources, to find alternative uses for its ash, a by-product of coal-generated electricity. Currently, the ash is being sold as a cement additive, which makes concrete stronger and more durable. The Brame Energy Center burns 1.75-2.1 million tons of coal a year.

Nesbitt Unit 1, completed in 1975, is 100 percent owned by Cleco Power, a subsidiary of Cleco Corp. It is fueled by natural gas and can produce 440 megawatts.

Rodemacher Unit 2, completed in 1982, is jointly owned by Cleco Power, Louisiana Energy and Power Authority and Lafayette Utilities System. Cleco Power owns 30 percent or 157 megawatts of the 523-megawatt generating unit. Rodemacher Unit 2 is fueled predominantly by coal from Wyoming.

Madison Unit 3, 100 percent owned by Cleco Power, is the company's largest generating unit and was completed in 2010. It is among the cleanest solid-fuel units of its kind in the nation. The unit is key to Cleco Power's strategy to be self-sufficient in its power supply and increase fuel flexibility. It can use multiple solid fuels including biomass, coal and petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refining industry, to generate up to 641 net megawatts. The plant uses circulating fluidized-bed technology.

In addition to the potential of lowering carbon emissions, the technology also addresses regulated emissions. Because the boiler firing temperature is approximately 1600° F, nitrogen oxides (NOx) are lower than normal. In addition, Cleco installed emission control systems to the boiler that further reduce NOx. Sulfur dioxide emissions are almost non-existent by adding limestone with the fuel in the boiler and scrubbers as a post-combustion control.

The unit uses approximately 1.5 million tons of petroleum coke or coal and 500,000 tons of limestone each year. Petcoke, coal and limestone are barged to an off-loading facility located on the Red River. The materials are then moved to the unit by a 1.5-mile conveyor.

LOCATION: Lena, Rapides Parish
FUEL SOURCE: natural gas, coal, petroleum coke, biomass


Acadia Power Station - Cleco Power owns Acadia Unit 1 and half of the plant's common assets and operates and maintains the entire plant. Entergy Louisiana, LLC owns Unit 2 and the other half of the plant's common assets.

Acadia began commercial operations in 2002. The 1,160-megawatt plant is fueled by natural gas and uses combined-cycle technology to produce efficient, reliable power. Acadia's fuel efficiency and state-of-the-art pollution controls help preserve natural resources.

LOCATION: South of Eunice, Acadia Parish
PLANT TYPE: combined-cycle
FUEL SOURCE: natural gas


Coughlin Power Station - In March 2014, Cleco Power LLC assumed ownership of Coughlin Power Station. Cleco Midstream LLC transferred the unit to Cleco Power after approval by state and federal officials. 

Coughlin began commercial operations in 1948. Employees and contractors refurbished two aging generating units at Coughlin to help meet the growing energy needs of customers in Louisiana.

The 775-megawatt plant is fueled by natural gas and uses combined-cycle technology to produce efficient and reliable power. Coughlin's fuel efficiency and state-of-the-art pollution controls help preserve our natural resources.

The plant was recognized as a top combined-cycle plant in a 2002 special report on leading U.S. plants by Power Magazine. Evangeline who operated under the umbrella of Cleco Midstream ranked number three among the top 50 combined-cycle power plants in production costs for 2001.

LOCATION: St. Landry, Evangeline Parish
PLANT TYPE: simple- and combined-cycle
FUEL SOURCE: natural gas


Dolet Hills Power Station - As a major industrial partner, Dolet Hills Power Station played a vital role in the growth of DeSoto Parish. The plant sits on a 30,000-acre site and went into operation in 1986. It generates 650 megawatts of electricity using lignite, a type of coal mined in DeSoto and Red River parishes. During construction, the plant represented a new era in energy production in Louisiana. It is the only plant in the state fueled by lignite. Dolet Hills is co-owned by Cleco Power LLC, a subsidiary of Cleco Corp., and AEP-SWEPCO. Cleco Power operates the plant.

Lignite, a dark brown-to-black combustible mineral, is a natural resource formed over millions of years by the partial decomposition of plant material. It is mined by the Dolet Hills Lignite Company, a subsidiary of AEP-SWEPCO, which oversees and supports the mining operations. Dolet Hills burns 3.5-4 million tons of lignite yearly. Because of the proximity of the mine to the plant, the electricity generated is economical and reliable. A seven-mile conveyor belt sends the lignite directly from the mine to the plant, saving on transportation and other costs.

The plant partners with Headwaters Resources to find alternative uses for its ash, a byproduct of coal-generated electricity.

LOCATION: Southeast of Mansfield, DeSoto Parish
FUEL SOURCE: lignite


Teche Power Station - Teche sits on approximately 45 acres of land. It has been part of St. Mary Parish for half a century and supports the growth of the parish.

Teche Units 1 and 3 were completed in 1953 and 1971, respectively, and are fueled by natural gas. Combined, the two units have a total generating capacity of 382 megawatts. Unit 3 produces 35 of the 382 megawatts. Unit 1 is primarily used as a peaking unit when demand is extremely high.

Teche Unit 2, completed in 1956, was retired in Dec. 2011.

In 2011, Cleco Power completed Teche 4, a 33-megawatt natural gas blackstart generating unit. This unit will enable the company to restore its generation system quickly in the event of a total system shutdown.

LOCATION: Baldwin, St. Mary Parish
FUEL SOURCE: natural gas





Generating Units:

Cleco Power operates and owns the following generating units:

Generating Units Table for Mobile

Generating Station Generating Unit # Initial Operating Year Name Plate Capacity (MW) Fuel for Generation
Coughlin Power Station 6 & 7 2000 775 natural gas
Acadia Power Station 1 2002 580 natural gas
Dolet Hills Power Station   1986 325 lignite
Brame Energy Center Nesbitt 1 1975 440 natural gas
  Rodemacher 2 1982 157 coal/natural gas
  Madison 3 2010 641 petcoke
Teche Power Station 1 1953 23 natural gas
  *2 1956 n/a natural gas
  3 1971 359 natural gas
  4 2011 33 natural gas
  Franklin Gas Turbine1973 1973 7 natural gas
Total     3,340  

Cleco Power operates the following units/megawatts for its partners

Generating Station Generating Unit # Initial Operating Year Name Plate Capacity (MW) Fuel for Generation
Acadia Power Station 2 2002 580 natural gas
Dolet Hills Power Station   1986 325 lignite
Brame Energy Center 2 1982 366 coal/natural gas
Total     1,271  

*Teche Unit 2 was retired in Dec. 2011