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EPA regs shutter New Englandís largest coal plant
The Daily Caller ^ | 10/9/2013 | Michael Bastasch

Posted on 10/09/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT by markomalley

New England’s largest coal-fired power plant has been slated for shutdown, partly due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

The Brayton Point Station in Massachusetts will no longer provide power to the region’s electrical grid when the plant is shut down in 2017. The plant’s owner Energy Capital Partners has cited several factors for its closing, including competition from natural gas and the need to spend “significant capital to meet environmental regulations and to operate and maintain an aging plant.”

Environmentalists argue that coal is no longer an economically viable fuel source.

“If Brayton Point can’t make it economically, no coal plant can make it,” said Jonathan Peress of the Conservation Law Foundation. “This is the death knell for coal-fired power in New England.”

Brayton Point Station is the largest of six coal-fired power plants in New England, generating 1,500 megawatts of power and employing about 240 workers — who could now lose their jobs.

“We understand the impacts that this decision to retire Brayton Point Station will have on the employees of Brayton Point, local community and other stakeholders,” said Curt Morgan, CEO and President of Brayton Point Energy, LLC.

Local residents fear that the plant’s closing will cripple the local economy as jobs and tax revenues are lost.

“It feels like a big hole in the town because there is no plan in place to help the economy of our town,” said Pauline Rodrigues, a local resident. “We didn’t want anything to happen until the town planned for it.”

Coal plants have been increasingly shuttering operations or planning to halt operations as the Obama administration clamps down on carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, much of which comes from coal power.

EPA regulations have contributed to the shutdown or planned shutdown of more than 280 coal plants across the country, according to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Three coal plants in Massachusetts are slated to shut down because of EPA policies.

Coal power provided about 40 percent of the electricity in 2012, but New England relies on natural gas for most of its power generation. The region only received 3 percent of its electricity from coal while 52 percent came from burning natural gas.

Recently, the agency release emissions standards that would effectively ban the construction of coal-fired power plants unless they utilize carbon capture technology, which is not commercially proven.

“Requiring [coal plants] to use technology that has not been proven viable in industrial settings is completely backward,” said Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. “If these overzealous regulations take hold, we will lose ground on the progress we have made in energy independence, increased manufacturing and economic growth.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: coal; destroywealth; energy; middleclass

1 posted on 10/09/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Impossible. Barbara Boxer declared that the EPA was shut down and factories were dumping poison in the rivers.


2 posted on 10/09/2013 6:41:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: markomalley

Better load up on a few cords of wood ... oh, wait, they are banning that too.


3 posted on 10/09/2013 6:42:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Occupy the DC Mall - take back the monuments)
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To: markomalley
Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu

Wasn't she bribed to pass Husseincare?

4 posted on 10/09/2013 6:46:18 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: markomalley
Gonna be a cold winter for a bunch of Obama voters.

bwhahahahahahahahahaha

5 posted on 10/09/2013 6:50:43 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The Gubment Has No Legitimacy. It needs to be Removed!)
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To: markomalley

“It feels like a big hole in the town because there is no plan in place to help the economy of our town,” said Pauline Rodrigues, a local resident. “We didn’t want anything to happen until the town planned for it.”

>>>

This is what you wanted! I don’t feel a bit sorry for you!! I hope you are miserable in your unemployed future!!

Have fun in your utopia!


6 posted on 10/09/2013 6:58:24 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: markomalley
“It feels like a big hole in the town because there is no plan in place to help the economy of our town,” said Pauline Rodrigues, a local resident. “We didn’t want anything to happen until the town planned for it.”

I don't mean to be mean but Pauline, did you vote for Obama? Do you like apples? How do ya like dem closing Brayton Apples?

I have no sympathy anymore for the east coast.

A very good friend of mines dad was a chief operator @ a Plant on the Cape and being in a related field as a young lad, gave me a guided tour of that magnificent machine.

This coal closing frenzie probably has this WWII Boiler Operator rolling in his grave.

7 posted on 10/09/2013 7:07:40 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: markomalley
Coal power provided about 40 percent of the electricity in 2012, but New England relies on natural gas for most of its power generation. The region only received 3 percent of its electricity from coal while 52 percent came from burning natural gas.

Ummm, what?

8 posted on 10/09/2013 7:25:19 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: markomalley

Oh, and aren’t they shutting down the nuke plant in Plymouth too?


9 posted on 10/09/2013 7:25:42 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: markomalley

Liberals won’t be happy until every American is starved and frozen.


10 posted on 10/09/2013 7:28:42 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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11 posted on 10/09/2013 7:30:15 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: EternalVigilance

What a shame that beautiful places get infested with libs.


12 posted on 10/09/2013 7:32:34 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings)
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To: WomBom
WomBom :“It feels like a big hole in the town because there is no plan in place to help the economy of our town,” said Pauline Rodrigues, a local resident.
“We didn’t want anything to happen until the town planned for it.” >>> This is what you wanted! I don’t feel a bit sorry for you!!
I hope you are miserable in your unemployed future!!
Have fun in your utopia!

Your Vote for Obama in 2012 was a vote for the coal crisis , agenda over logic and reason !!
This has just a much meaning as the vote for Obama was a vote for "Mengele-Care ™” ,... and now its a law !
Get used to it ! .. you voted for him !
You useful idots !!

13 posted on 10/09/2013 7:45:22 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: markomalley

Live in Hopey Changey, die in despair, in the cold and dark.


14 posted on 10/09/2013 7:46:38 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, the Tagline is closed.)
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To: markomalley

Note to self: Invest in flashlight battery manufacturing companies.


15 posted on 10/09/2013 8:29:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: markomalley

well, it ought to be comforting for Mass residents to know they’re helping to protect the environment...

as they’re freezing their ass off this winter.

thanks 0bama


16 posted on 10/09/2013 9:22:52 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: markomalley

Generally I dont give a shi’ite what happens to libs in Mass...and for good reason.


17 posted on 10/09/2013 11:16:19 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: markomalley

“Environmentalists argue that coal is no longer an economically viable fuel source”.

Who really cares what an environmentalist argues about? I might be tempted to listen to a conservationist, but an environmentalist?


18 posted on 10/09/2013 11:23:44 PM PDT by wita
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To: VeniVidiVici
Coal power ... provided about 40 percent of the electricity in 2012, but New England relies on natural gas for most of its power generation. The region only received 3 percent of its electricity from coal while 52 percent came from burning natural gas.

Ummm, what?

Yes the writer use an ellipsis without proper notation about the USA as a whole. The US as a whole uses 40 percent. Massachusetts uses only 3 percent. Shutting the coal plant here doesn't much matter to the region.

USA Energy by coal

19 posted on 10/12/2013 8:26:43 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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