Paul Hanrahan

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Paul Hanrahan has been president and chief executive officer of AES since 2002. Prior to his current position, he was chief operating officer and executive vice president of the company, responsible for business development and the operation of electric utilities and generation facilities in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He was previously the president and CEO of AES China Generating Co. Ltd. and managed other AES businesses in the U.S., Europe and Asia.[1]

Before joining AES, Hanrahan served as a line officer the USS Parche, a fast attack nuclear submarine.[1]

Hanrahan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard Business School.[1]


In May 2007, Forbes listed Hanrahan as receiving $10.3 million in total compensation for the previous fiscal year, with a four-year total compensation of $16.85 million. He ranked 9th on the list of CEOs in the Utilities industry, and 170th out of all CEOs in the United States.[3]

AES power portfolio

Out of its total 13,122 MW of U.S. electric generating capacity (1.23% of the U.S. total), AES gets 52.2% from natural gas, 41.2% from coal, 3.3% from oil, 2.6% from wind, and 0.6% from wood. AES has power plants in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming - as well as in 28 countries around the world.[4]

AES abandons proposed Oklahoma plant

On February 17, 2009, AES announced that it had withdrawn the air permit application for a new 650MW unit at its Shady Point facility. Company spokesman Lindy Kiger explained the decision to cancel the project as "part of our broader strategy to re-evaluate our growth plans."[5]

Existing coal-fired power plants

AES had 29 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 5,515 MW of capacity. Here is a list of AES's coal power plants with capacity over 100 MW:[4][6][7]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Petersburg IN Pike 1967, 1969, 1977, 1986 1873 MW 12,500,000 tons 28,985 tons
Harding Street IN Marion 1958, 1961, 1973 698 MW 3,966,000 tons 46,346 tons
Somerset NY Niagara 1984 655 MW 5,395,000 tons 2,573 tons
Shady Point OK Leflore 1990 350 MW 2,576,000 tons N/A
Cayuga NY Tompkins 1955 323 MW 2,278,000 tons 4,360 tons
Eagle Valley IN Morgan 1951, 1953, 1956 302 MW 1,494,000 tons N/A
Warrior Run MD Allegany 1999 229 MW 1,629,000 tons N/A
Thames CT New London 1989 214 MW 1,713,000 tons N/A
AES Hawaii HI Oahu 1992 203 MW 1,634,000 tons 921 tons
Greenidge NY Yates 1950, 1953 163 MW 926,000 tons 8,560 tons
Westover NY Broome 1943, 1951 119 MW 805,000 tons 9,968 tons
Beaver Valley PA Beaver 1987 114 MW 1,434,000 tons N/A

In 2005, these coal-fired power plants emitted 36.4 million tons of CO2 (0.6% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and at least 102,000 tons of SO2 (0.7% of all U.S. SO2 emissions).

Foreign coal power plants

AES also has interests in the following coal power plants outside the U.S.:[8][9][10]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paul Hanrahan, AES, accessed December 2008.
  2. Ingredion Board, organizational web page, accessed September 17, 2012.
  3. CEO Compensation: #170 Paul T Hanrahan,, May 3, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  5. Susan Hylton, [ "Coal plant proposal abandoned," Tulsa World, February 18, 2009.
  6. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  7. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
  8. "Generation", AES website, accessed June 2008.
  9. United Kingdom Quality Ash Association, "Power Station Locations and Capacities", undated but after 2006, accessed June 2008.
  10. Mott MacDonald, "UK Coal Production Outlook: 2004-16", Department of Trade and Industry website, Final Report March 2004. See Appendix E: UK Coal Power Stations, page E-1 at the end of the report.

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