05 Mar '12, 7pm

106 U.S. Coal Plant Retirements Since 2010

106 U.S. Coal Plant Retirements Since 2010

Last Wednesday was a big milestone for people who care about public health and a livable climate. Two utilities announced the planned closure of nine coal plants in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, bringing total retirements (executed and planned) since January 2010 past the 100 mark to 106. Two plants in Chicago owned by Midwest Generation, the Fisk Plant and the Crawford Plant, had been a key target for local activist groups. These two plants have been in operation since the early 1900′s and were last updated in the late 50′s and 60′s. Along with violating “grandfathered” (i.e. lax) air quality standards and causing hundreds of emergency room visits each year, the two plants represented the largest source of local greenhouse gas emissions in 2010. Local and national activists groups , along with the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, put intense pressure on Midw...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/05/106-u-s-coal-plant-re...

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