Skip to comments.Record number of coal-fired generators to be shut down in 2012
Posted on 07/29/2012 7:15:09 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Facing declining demand for electricity and stiff federal environmental regulations, coal plant operators are planning to retire 175 coal-fired generators, or 8.5 percent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
A record-high 57 generators will shut down in 2012, representing 9 gigawatts of electrical capacity, according to EIA. In 2015, nearly 10 gigawatts of capacity from 61 coal-fired generators will be retired.
While many of those coal plants are old and relatively inefficient, the scope of this new planned shutdown is unprecedented.
The coal-fired capacity expected to be retired over the next five years is more than four times greater than retirements performed during the preceding five-year period, EIA noted in the analysis.
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Somebody’s Chevy Volt is gonna be out of juice.
And some more...
“57 generators”.. One in each of 0bama’s states? Just more proof that 0bama IS “trying”. He’s intentionally weakening America so that even the third world countries will surpass us. How’s that $2 BILLION dollar off shore oil production going in Brazil, 0bama?? Ooops, ask George Soros I guess.
It’s going to be a real hoot when people are going to need generators connected to bicycles just to charge their cell phones. However, it might be the solution to the obesity problem that the nation’s “poor” are currently suffering from.
I work on power plants in North America. This is a bad idea for the reliability of North American Power. It will drive everyone’s cost up. All of our power now is Gas Fired, Hydro, Wind, or Solar. (Not a bad thing, but no one wants coal or nuke now because of the Government)
I can’t even name a place starting a new plant right now. Check out online with the major Grid web pages and you can see some startling stats. ERCOT.COM and CAISO.COM are Texas and California, both have their total available MegaWatts vs. Total Consumption, when the values get close or match you get blackouts or rolling blackouts, or brownouts. One mistake or problem at a generation site can have a large impact on us.
Every closed plant makes those numbers getting close not only probable but almost a certainty.
And FYI Redcitizen, My Great Danes share a brain cell... The last smart Dane I had I miss so much it hurts. He was a super dog, a true GREAT Dane. If you have a smart one you are blessed!
This article is misleading. Many of the coal fired plants being taken off line are a result of political and regulatory pressure, not economics. Natural gas has mitigated the effects in some areas where it is plentiful and cheap, but natural gas plants were never designed to be main line plants. Without the natural gas plant, companies would be losing money and we would be experiencing brown outs, but they are not the cause of coal plant shut downs.
We are losing modern, low emission coal plants that burn low sulfur coal from Wyoming because the EPA has declared war on CO2. Trees and corn love CO2, its the breath of life for them and completely harmless to us. Anthony Watts blockbuster revelation of today (WUWT) destroys the global warming rationale that drove us to criminalizing CO2.
Have you seen a list of the plants to be closed? I am somewhat familiar with the plants here in GA, and would be very curious to see which ones are slated for closure.
I haven’t seen a list, but I do know of a least two relatively new low emission plants that will close because of CO2.
Gun Stocks are up over 100%
Coal Companies down 80%
This means about 300 less trains (loads and empties), which as a freight train conductor means less work for me, less work for Maintenance of Way personnel, etc. This will have such a huge fallout for the working people that this administration claims to be champions of.
That should read 300 trains PER DAY.
Watch for rolling blackouts just like happened in Texas in February 2011 where Texas authorities were begging Mexico for electric power. The windmills will be idled by weather fronts and there will be no fossil fuel generators to pick up the slack during periods of peak demand. Obama’s energy policies give us the energy reliability of a third world country.
***Facing declining demand for electricity***
I really doubt that. It was 108 degrees today and will be about 105 or more the rest of the week.
Electric companies love hot weather as that is when they make the BIG BUCKS!
A liberal, scientist friend who fully believes in global warming told me that the damage is done; there’s no turning back and there’s no way to address the doomsday that we have set.
Personally, I think the whatever warming we’re seeing is from all the asphalt we have. It heats up the earth, even in winter.
“Record number of coal-fired generators to be shut down in 2012”
Hopefully, all will be recommissioned in 2013 with the approval of a new president and administration.
If a Republican administration can’t re-open existing plants, what in heck might else they have a hope of accomplishing?
natural gas prices will go through the roof before too long.
“I will bankrupt the coal companies” - at least Obama is keeping one promise......
Haven’t found a list by location. However, here is a list of some by company:
1. TVA (18 units)
2. AEP (12 units)
3. Progress Energy
4. Georgia Power/Southern Company
8. CPS Energy
Whats happening with the coal fired powerplants in the Four Corners area? Are they still in operation? There are several huge powerplants in AZ and NM. They supply electricity to a big chunk of CA. If they shut down, how will all of the CA pussies charge their Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs?
In my small part of the world mother nature has added another item to your list of problems. Flood control/hydroelectric dams supply power on a daily basis for those hours of peak demand.
For the past 14 months we have received less than normal rains. With the combination of high temperatures and little rain the power pools of the hydroelectric dams are dropping. At the present time they are no where near the bottom of the power pools but should we experience another year of the same weather conditions that is not a happy thought about the supply of hydroelectric power.
EPA has said these inefficient coal plants are not needed. A coal fired plant with a 90 - 120 supply of coal on site would look good to me as a back up against a mistake or problem that no one could predict.
My grandfather was not an educated man, but he was not stupid. He always had at least a years supply of wood cut and stored in advance to keep his family warm in winter and to cook their food.
Had he had a energy policy similar to EPA, the 0bama administration or wackos like the Sierra Club, grandad would have waited until the kids turned blue to go look for that days supply of wood buried under a foot of snow somewhere out in the woods .
Your liberal friend is right about one thing, the rise in temperature is almost totally man made. But, its not real and comes from manipulation of temperature records. Some of this manipulation was intentional, some just through faulty methods. That helped to make the case that CO2 levels was the cause, a theory that gets weaker everyday. Temperatures are not rising, yet CO2 continues to go up. The negative impact of CO2 is that the government is shutting down perfectly good power plants at a time when we need reliable, affordable energy to support economic growth.
I don’t believe that bullshit about the demand for electricity declining.
The shutting down the coal fired generators, yes. That was what the majority of those that voted, voted for.
I doubt if I will because when it reaches that point I will be dead of old age, but, what I would like to see is the sonsof bitches who want to see us living in the stone age again starve to death because they do not have the intelligence to live off the land on their own.
Obama really does seem like the proverbial President “from hell”. If The LORD wills he will be undone, but we MUST repent and turn to Him with all of our hearts, asking Him to do what is only possible for Him to do, which is defeat Satan and his hordes of demons that have taken over way, way too much of our Country. The Old Testament stories about Israel taking over The Promised Land definitely come to mind. Faith in God and doing His will is our one and only hope, but oh what a hope it is.
It was heartbreaking watching this man on FOX this morning. He was really distraught. Folks in Ohio and WV need to get some information on there own.
Mr. Murray created OhioAmerican, and our production began in May, 2007, said Mr. Piasecki. The Mine was intended to last for at least ten (10) years. Now we have been forced by our own Countrys President and his followers and supporters to permanently close the operation, added Mr. Piasecki.
There will be additional layoffs, not only at Murray Energy, but also throughout the United States coal industry due to Mr. Obamas War on Coal and the destruction that it has caused to so many jobs and families in the Ohio Valley area and elsewhere, said Mr. Murray. Both Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stated that there would be no coal in America prior to their elections, said Mr. Piasecki. They are making good on their intentions while they destroy so many lives and family livelihoods in this area for no benefit whatsoever, he concluded.