On August 7, 2014, NRG Energy (NRG) announced a plan to reduce pollution exposure posed by four Illinois coal-fired plants that were acquired during the purchase of Edison Mission in April 2014. The plan is a combination of investment in environmental controls, conversion of coal to natural gas, and the outright retirement of a coal unit.
In the face of increasingly stringent EPA regulations targeting CO2 and other coal plant emissions, plant operators are finding it increasingly difficult to justify continued use of coal as a fuel source. While some plants justify investment in expensive environmental controls, many plants are being converted to gas or are being closed outright. NRG’s pollution reduction plan marks the 173rd and 174th coal-fired units to announce plans to stop burning coal since 2010.
NRG’s Executive Blog: Illinois Plant Transformations Mark Transitions to Cleaner Energy
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