Report sees dim prospects for Illinois coal plants

Two months after the parent company of Midwest Generation told investors it may shut down all its coal plants in Illinois, a new study by the Sierra Club says the plants aren’t necessary for grid reliability, and won’t be profitable to run under new pollution rules.

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Is natural gas killing coal?

As an increasing number of older coal-fired power plants are shutting down, the reasons seem to vary depending on whom you ask. Is natural gas the primary cause, or is it just adding fuel to the fire?
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