Skip to comments.Coal plants already announcing shutdowns ahead of Obama adminís regulations
Posted on 07/11/2013 6:02:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
That’s really the goal, of course, of the Obama administrations incoming regulations. The hardcore eco-radicals will openly admit that, yes, a “war on coal” is precisely what’s needed to accomplish their goals, and that they do want to forcibly remove the coal industry from America’s (and someday, the world’s) energy scheme; but the Obama administration will deny the “war on coal” charge all day long, insisting that, why no, what we really want is just to nudge coal to become more clean and efficient, and eventually support a slow and steady shift in our energy scheme’s proportions as we begin to tackle this regrettably obstreperous problem of climate change.
That’s precisely why they made a point last week of very loudly announcing their plans to directly contribute $8 billion to an initiative to adapt these fossil-fuel “technologies to use them cleanly and more efficiently” as a crucial component of their supposed “all of the above” energy policy. Obama “expects fossil fuels, and coal specifically, to remain a significant contributor for some time,” his new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz pointedly told reporters recently. Riiiiiight.
But in anticipation of his administration’s plans to regulate the heck of out both new and existing power plants, at least several coal plant have already announced forthcoming shutdowns. Here’s one instance:
FirstEnergy Corp will shut two coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania by Oct. 9 due to weak power prices and the high cost of complying with stricter environmental rules, the company said on Tuesday.
In a federal filing, FirstEnergy said it would recognize an impairment charge of about $488 million ($321 million after tax) in the second quarter of 2013 for the shutdowns.
The plants are Hatfields Ferry in Masontown and Mitchell in Courtney, FirstEnergy said in a release. It expects the shutdown of the two plants to affect about 380 employees.
Together, the company said the plants could generate 2,080 megawatts, about 10 percent of its total capacity. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.
FirstEnergy said it would cost about $275 million to install the equipment at the two plants to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
And, oh look, here’s another:
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 11, 2013 American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) announced today that it expects to retire its 585-megawatt (MW) coal-fueled Muskingum River Plant Unit 5 in Beverly, Ohio, in 2015.
AEP reached an agreement with other parties in February to modify the companys 2007 New Source Review Consent Decree and give AEP the option to retire Muskingum River Unit 5 or refuel it with natural gas. Due to the cost of compliance with environmental regulations and current market conditions, AEP has determined that it is unlikely to make the capital investment to refuel the unit. …
The company previously announced its intent to retire Muskingum River Units 1-4 (840 MW) in 2015. Approximately 95 employees working at Muskingum River Plant Units 1-5 will be impacted.
And get ready for more shutdowns and job losses, because that almost certainly won’t be the last of them.
Especially you folks who live in a very cold northern state.
The administration is justifying this on saving lives that would be lost breathing in toxic pollution. Has anyone calculated the cost per theoretical death these regulations impose?
More obama jobs
And I’m sure His Arrogance’s butt buddy, Slow Joe Manchin, is just jumping for joy down in creepy crackerland.
Where do these libs think that the electricity comes from for their Electric cars?
Were I in charge of an energy company I’d shut ‘em all down, and blandly explain that I have no legal authority to violate international treaties, defy the EPA and the president of the United States in this critical matter of saving the planet from see-oh-two.
Thank you. A very good graphic. I’m wondering what the libs will do when energy prices are too high for heating/cooling and the rich libs are using the same energy for their electric cars while the middle class/poor are freezing/sweating?
So who are the union thugs who lose their jobs going to vote for in the 2014 elections? They will vote the same party line they have voted for decades! They can’t connect the dots!
I care about the coal industry and I hope that this years by far the coldest on record in the North East.
The libs think that power for the electric cars will come from wind and solar power. They are not quantitative. They haven’t a clue.
“. Im wondering what the libs will do when energy prices are too high for heating/cooling and the rich libs are using the same energy for their electric cars while the middle class/poor are freezing/sweating?”
They will blame Repblicans for killing grandma. And thats how the MSM will report it.
What they should do is no heat the NY Slimes building this winter. No space heaters no nothing. Let them see what being cold feels like.
Well, for starters, the Obama Regime doesn’t give a hoot in Hell about the middle class - that’s who they’re trying to annihilate as a matter of policy. As for the institutional welfare class - the usual suspects - they’ll get further subsidies in their so-called benefit entitlements out of our paychecks in the form of a cost offset. Until we all no longer have paychecks, that is.
They’re still mining it and selling it. Overseas. That’s why the UMWA ain’t screaming. The new operation over the mountain from me just erected a huge standing rock and bolted their logo onto it. I live in the Pa. anthracite region.
What are all the inner Obama vote stealing blacks going to do when all the angry, out of work, coal miners show up to take over their communities?
I believe you are right. They want a society like Mexico. Elite ruling class, and everyone else in poverty.
As hated and beat down by the left and not allowed to build new plants in 40 years as the Nuclear industry is, it still produces more power than the little green men.
Nukes should be 60 to 70 percent or more of our electric production. It would be cheap if we got the endless leftist legal attacks from the court to the EPA and the NRC out of the way. It is clean and safe when not put on a quake fault line in a tsunami rich area, or built out of graphite with all the safety features disabled.
I like nukes.
That would be priceless, or the Times could pay to heat their builing and allow everyone who can’t afford heat to come on in. (like that would ever happen)
That they worship ALGORE says it all. Heck, I should stand up on a platform, shout “Green Engery”, “Solar Engery”, etc. I then would be considered an expert and command large speaking fees.
Yes. I would say so. Liberals will move when they no longer can stand their own stench. It's a given . . . don't you think?
They will probably mothball the plants for new administration.
Creepy Crackerland...sounds like a theme park. Think it could get away with being whites only?
Ha, ha, you could be right. They seem to think government can wave its magic wand and defy the laws of physics. All they have to do is command, and it will be done.
They will also blame “big oil” for fixing prices and standing in the way of the grand green energy plan of Dear Leader.
All these nutterbutters plugging in their subsidized hybrids eating their soy burgers, where the hell do they think the power comes from?!?!
“from the socket”
We will have our own "Affordable energy subsidy" plan soon if we continue. We can't have people that slip through and aren't yet dependent on the government now can we?