Ten years ago, Lansing’s municipal utility was floating plans for a major new coal plant. Today the company plans to have no coal in its fleet at all by 2025.
In a move praised by conservation groups, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and American Electric Power are moving ahead with a plan for the state to buy a former surface mining site.
Plans to build natural gas plants to replace coal-fired generation in Michigan are facing scrutiny from advocates looking to ensure renewable energy and energy efficiency are also being considered. The Michigan Public Service Commission is considering a request by the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. (UMERC) to build two gas plants totaling 183 megawatts in the Upper Peninsula to replace a 62-year-old coal plant in Marquette. Meanwhile, earlier this month DTE Energy announced plans to build a $989 million, 1,100-MW natural gas-powered combined cycle plant in southeast Michigan near Detroit. While the projects are in different stages of development and are on a vastly different scale, clean energy advocates say there are similarities in determining what comprises Michigan’s future energy mix and how reliant the state will be on natural gas as aging power plants are retired.
As the Ohio legislative session resumes next month, subsidies for nuclear generation and 1950s-era coal plants are expected to once again be on the table.
Illinois environmentalists testified before the Environmental Protection Agency this week, urging officials not to roll back an Obama-era regulation limiting discharge into waterways from steam powered electric plants.
Advocates say an Indiana utility’s plan to delay the installation of new wastewater pollution controls at its largest coal plant is among the first clear effects of President Trump’s aggressive rollback of environmental regulations.
As Ohio lawmakers move to advance a bill to subsidize two 62-year-old coal plants, a report released this morning confirms older coal power plants’ ongoing difficulty competing against those fueled by natural gas.
Most of Ohio will pay less to make sure adequate electric capacity is available three years from now. But critics say that changes in the grid operator’s auction rules discriminate against certain types of clean energy and will lead to overpayments.
The route ahead for one of Indiana’s largest coal plants is clouded by a lawsuit over a lease and costly pollution control upgrades, but environmental advocates say the destination should be clear: retirement, and soon.
While President Trump has pledged to revive the coal industry by rolling back regulations and ignoring climate change, a group of pro-coal Democrats says they have a better approach.