30 Aug '11, 7pm

Close coal: D.C.-area coal-fired power plant to close:

Close coal: D.C.-area coal-fired power plant to close:

The Potomac River Generating Station. Just a month after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used it as a backdrop for his $50 million donation to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, officials in Alexandria, Va., announced a plan to close the GenOn coal-fired power plant : The City of Alexandria and GenOn Energy have reached an agreement to permanently close the company’s Potomac River Generating Station, which began operating in 1949. To facilitate the retirement of the plant, the city of Alexandria will release approximately $32 million currently held in escrow, which was set aside to pay for the additional environmental controls at the station as a result of a 2008 agreement between the city and GenOn. "Today's announcement is a path forward for both Alexandria and the power company that works for everybody, and truly reflects the interest of both parties," said A...

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