Skip to comments.Federal regs force coal plant closures now, higher rates later, critics warn
Posted on 09/05/2012 12:52:48 PM PDT by tobyhill
The closure of seven coal-fired electric plants in four states could be a sign of things to come as tough new emissions standards threaten to relegate Americas top energy source to the back burner.
FirstEnergy Corp., headquartered in Ohio, closed power plants on Saturday in Albright, Rivesville, and Willow Island, W.Va., along with four others in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania as the company phases out aging facilities that cannot comply with new environmental regulations. Three others in Ohio also will be closed in 2015, company officials told FoxNews.com.
We estimate that it will cost approximately $975 million to make our remaining seven coal-fired power plants compliant with the new [Mercury and Air Toxics Standards] rules, FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin told FoxNews.com. Another challenge that the entire industry is facing is a very aggressive three-year timeframe to get the work done. Its also important to note that numerous other [Environmental Protection Agency] regulations, including those for coal ash, water intake and particulates, are on the horizon.
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Just how stupid are American voters?
in obama’s world - we get to freeze in the dark to be “green”
He did close that! And he did say that energy costs would go out of sight. Obama’s plan to bankrupt the country is right on schedule. Happily, the East Coast will be hit hardest. They richly deserve it.
That is an outdated map I believe, the coal fired plant a mile up the road from me is slated to close in 2 years, and IPL (Indianapolis) is going to close a couple up there also.
That’s three in a 30 mile radius from where I live here in S. central Indiana alone.
I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
Id sit on his lap in that big old buick and steer as we drove through town
Hed tousle my hair and say son take a good look around
This is your hometown, this is your hometown
This is your hometown, this is your hometown
In `65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come to my hometown
My hometown, my hometown, my hometown
Now main streets whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there aint nobody wants to come down here no more
They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they aint coming back to
Your hometown, your hometown, your hometown, your hometown
Last night me and Kate we laid in bed talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I’m thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good
This is your hometown
Nothing like having a dictator in the White House. Remember his comments, he stated that he would bankrupt the coal industry and he is doing it. Communism in the USSA!!
Government regs are running up the cost of energy and everything connected to it. But the voters feel more threatened that they will lose the entitlements and other free government stuff. They are not that concerned about $8 gallon gasoline and a $1K/Mo utility bill as long as they can get that free birth control.
All part of comprehensive immigration reform. Change the U.S. to a third world country and you remove the motivation for citizens of third world countries to come here. Why leave India or Mexico when you just as easily light a candle and stay home?
It maybe out of date but here is a list of closings which does include several for IN starting on page 2 ending on page 3.
I have an old Air Force buddy who works power production. I confirmed with him that shoving a large cable up a unicorn’s a$$ is not a valid power source. Just wanted libs to know that.
Luckily (and it is pure luck) lots of Natural Gas will be coming on line as the 0bamanaughts shut down Coal Fired Electric plants.
Just in time for us to add several thousand hybrid cars to the grid.
The problem is we should be sticking it to the Arabs and using the natural gas for vehicle fuel. By forcing coal fired plans to close and forcing utilities to sop up the surplus of natural gas, Obama has assured the Arabs we’ll continue to be slaves to imported oil.
We’ll have to continue to station carrier groups in the Middle East to protect the Saudis. We didn’t do that when I was in the Navy.
Thanks for providing the map and pdf link.
One would think that hard numbers of the plant losses would have a prominent place in the lead graf. Hell, they didn’t appear in the entire article. Instead a stock photo of an unidentified grayish cloud is published.
Can’t recall how long I’ve been using my tagline, but it’s still solid gold.
This nonsense is almost over. After January, Romney can reopen some coal plants, and get us to drilling more natural gas to replace them. It can be done without any wasteful grants to bankrupt greens.
We should rejoyce because the laid off miners and coal fired electricty plants will receive unemployment checks and food stamps, which when they spend them will create “$1.73 in trade for every $1.00 given in unemployment/food stamps.”
Just quoting Princess Pelosi and what the Dems will be saying at the convention when (actually if) they are asked about it.
At this point the price of natural gas is so low, it may make business sense to close coal fired units. the problem is the last time the utilities did this in the early 90’s they forced the price of natural gas so high the combustion turbines were too expensive for some utiliites to operate.
“The closure of seven coal-fired electric plants in four states could be a sign of things to come as tough new emissions standards threaten to relegate Americas top energy source to the back burner.”
Candidate Romney should communicate with these companies privately — or perhaps even make a public policy speech — with the message that even if EPA is forcing them to shut down now, they should “idle” the plants involved rather than decommission them. With the implications that after January 2013, the restrictions will be removed or otherwise suspended or rescinded, and the plants will be welcomed back online by Washington.
If [hopefully President] Romney has any real intentions of restoring the supply side of America’s energy resources and production, immediate moves to get the EPA under control must be one of the first priorities of his fledgling administration. Even if that means firing all EPA managers (political appointees who serve “at the pleasure of the President”), and re-assigning job positions of civil service employees at EPA into slots where they can “do no harm”.
EPA is the single most destructive agency to the future of America.
It is time for it to go.
It’s that simple.
True, but will the environmentalists and the NIMBY's let us build new natural gas plants to make up for the shortfall? I doubt it.
On the bright side of the coming brown/black outs, the "antiquated and inadequate" grid won't be overloaded any more.
Also, lot's of opportunities for new cottage industries to alleviate the unemployment problem.
Thanks for that link. The dates are 2011, a lot more were slated to close this year alone.