The Dernogalizer

July 9, 2009

100th Coal Plant Canceled since 2002

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 3:53 pm
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A couple of months ago, I wrote about the impending death of coal given the trends.  One of the citations was the fact that so many coal plants had been canceled during a Bush Administration that tried hard to build as many plants as possible.  Today, a coal plant permit in Utah was canceled, making it the 100th coal plant canceled since 2002.  This milestone once again signifies that coal’s sun is setting ,and the energy portfolio in this country is moving in the opposite direction.  With an impending climate bill and a less coal-happy Obama Administration, as well as the falling costs of clean renewable sources of energy, expect this trend to become more glaring over the next 8 years.  Excerpts below.

“The Intermountain Power Agency said on Thursday it will not continue efforts to seek an air permit for a third 900-megawatt coal-fired power unit at its plant in Utah.”

“The Sierra Club said the once-proposed Unit 3 at the Intermountain power station 120 miles southwest of Salt Lake City is the 100th coal-fired power plant to be scuttled since 2002.”

“”More than 400 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution, a main cause of global warming, have been kept out of the air annually as a result of stopping these 100 plants,” said a Sierra Club statement issued Thursday.”

The Sierra Club’s national director of its anti-coal efforts, Bruce Nilles, praised Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who last week announced that the city’s 1.45 million electricity customers would stop getting power from coal plants by 2020.  Nilles said that the Bush Administration cleared the path for a surge in new coal-fired power plants in 2002 by eliminating some environmental regulations.”

“The IPA, which is owned by 36 Utah municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives, did not withdraw the permit until now because it was involved in a lawsuit with the LADWP over more than $6 million in costs to plan Unit 3, said Ward.”

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