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Federal regs force coal plant closures now, higher rates later, critics warn
Fox News ^ | 9/5/2012 | By Joshua Rhett Miller

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 America’s 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. It’s 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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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; howtowin; incompetence; obamanoics

1 posted on 09/05/2012 12:52:55 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
300% inflation in energy costs in the last 4 years and the Incompetent in chief is tied in the polls.

Just how stupid are American voters?

3 posted on 09/05/2012 12:54:36 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: tobyhill

in obama’s world - we get to freeze in the dark to be “green”


4 posted on 09/05/2012 12:56:30 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: tobyhill
This is part of a ongoing process that began sometime ago. Here is a map of many of the closings.

A listing of the proposed closings


5 posted on 09/05/2012 12:56:56 PM PDT by deport
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To: tobyhill

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.


6 posted on 09/05/2012 12:57:48 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: deport

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.


7 posted on 09/05/2012 1:01:58 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: tobyhill

My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen

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
Look around
This is your hometown


8 posted on 09/05/2012 1:02:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: 2banana

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!!


9 posted on 09/05/2012 1:03:03 PM PDT by Busko
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To: MNJohnnie
Just how stupid are American voters?

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.

10 posted on 09/05/2012 1:03:03 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: tobyhill

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?


11 posted on 09/05/2012 1:06:46 PM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Abathar

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.

http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Announced-and-EPA-Projected-Power-Plant-Retirements1.pdf


12 posted on 09/05/2012 1:07:29 PM PDT by deport
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To: tobyhill

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.


13 posted on 09/05/2012 1:12:57 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: tobyhill

Luckily (and it is pure luck) lots of Natural Gas will be coming on line as the 0bamanaughts shut down Coal Fired Electric plants.


14 posted on 09/05/2012 1:14:13 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: deport

Just in time for us to add several thousand hybrid cars to the grid.


15 posted on 09/05/2012 1:17:46 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

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.


16 posted on 09/05/2012 1:22:22 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: deport

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.


17 posted on 09/05/2012 1:23:31 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: tobyhill

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.


18 posted on 09/05/2012 1:39:16 PM PDT by pallis
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To: tobyhill

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.


19 posted on 09/05/2012 2:05:15 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: pallis

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.


20 posted on 09/05/2012 2:25:10 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: 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 America’s 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.


21 posted on 09/05/2012 3:06:22 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Uncle Miltie
Luckily (and it is pure luck) lots of Natural Gas will be coming on line as the 0bamanaughts shut down Coal Fired Electric plants.

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.

22 posted on 09/05/2012 4:11:04 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Without economic freedom, no other form of freedom can have material meaning.)
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To: deport
Thanks for the list.

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.

/SARC

23 posted on 09/05/2012 11:14:47 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: deport

Thanks for that link. The dates are 2011, a lot more were slated to close this year alone.


24 posted on 09/06/2012 7:06:26 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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