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EPA Rules To Force 85 Coal-Fired Generators To Close By The End Of This Year
dailycaller.com ^ | march 10, 2015 | Michael Bastasch

Posted on 03/13/2015 2:41:44 AM PDT by lowbridge

Energy companies are preparing to shut down nearly 16 gigawatts of power by the end of this year as the deadline for compliance with new federal environmental regulations looms.

In total, some 85 coal-fired generating units at 36 locations are expected to close in the coming months in part because of Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The largest set of retirements is set for June, when electricity demand starts to peak as Americans turn on their air conditioners for the summer. Most of these retirements will come from coal-fired power plants in Appalachia.

“We are currently showing nearly 300 GW of in-service coal capacity at the end of December 2014, so 13 GW would represent a reduction of approximately 4.3%,” U.S. Energy Information Administration economist Tim Shear told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“This may not sound like a huge number, but US electricity markets are traditionally balkanized so if much of these retirements take place in a small region, the balancing authorities in those areas will have to plan accordingly,” Shear said.

Utilities are looking to close smaller, less efficient coal plants by the end of this year before the EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, kick in,according to EIA.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coal; electricity; energy; energyprices; epa; epaoutofcontrol; globalwarming; mercury; waroncoal
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1 posted on 03/13/2015 2:41:44 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

And China is opening news ones.


2 posted on 03/13/2015 3:16:45 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: lowbridge
Most of these retirements will come from coal-fired power plants in Appalachia.

Mostly poor, white people!

3 posted on 03/13/2015 3:21:56 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: lowbridge

If you like your lights......


4 posted on 03/13/2015 3:27:45 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (It is not heaven, it is Iowa. Everyone gets a "Corn Check")
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To: lowbridge

EPA administrators ought be made to jump off the U.S. capital in unison.


5 posted on 03/13/2015 3:28:11 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ( Obammy is a lie)
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To: hadaclueonce
If you like your lights......

More like ...."if you like your heat"....

since the regime lies about everything....expect global cooling.

6 posted on 03/13/2015 3:39:14 AM PDT by spokeshave (He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people,)
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To: lowbridge

IMHO, these power companies should tell the EPA to go jump in the lake and refuse to shutdown.

Maybe this egregious action by the EPA will be enough to cause the LIVs to awaken a little from their slumber.


7 posted on 03/13/2015 3:42:26 AM PDT by upchuck (The current Federal Governent is what the Founding Fathers tried to prevent. WAKE UP!! Amendment V.)
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To: lowbridge

How are we going to keep illegals warm if we shut down coal plants?

i swear they want the country to implode in hatred and civil war.


8 posted on 03/13/2015 3:54:15 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall no)
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To: lowbridge

As if electricity rates weren’t high enough already. Sheesh.

Dissolve the EPA, ATF, and IRS.


9 posted on 03/13/2015 3:56:35 AM PDT by Boomer (I vote "NO CONFIDENCE" in Boehner!)
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To: lowbridge

For every coal-fired power plant that closes, a member of Congress should have the power to their offices and residences cut off.

Once these priveleged a$$holes have to live under the same rules as the people for whom they work, things will start to change.


10 posted on 03/13/2015 4:13:44 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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To: lowbridge

Yo, EPA Bull Dyke, how are we now supposed to power up our Government Motors Volts?


11 posted on 03/13/2015 4:15:54 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: lowbridge
The utility companies GLADLY comply, because then they can come back and scam Federal grant money from the taxpayer to build new plants that burn Natural Gas... or ethanol or whatever is "green" and adheres to "The Narrative".

This is how crony capitalism works... and it stinks to high heaven.

12 posted on 03/13/2015 4:30:21 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: spokeshave

More like ....”if you like your heat”....


They’re gonna need more wood burning stoves.

On a side note, I live in central KY and a friend is an electrical contractor that specializes in solar power installations. His business is booming.


13 posted on 03/13/2015 5:50:01 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Joe Boucher

They should be forced to jump off the rim of the Grand Canyon.


14 posted on 03/13/2015 5:56:04 AM PDT by sport
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To: upchuck

Nothing will wake them up.


15 posted on 03/13/2015 5:57:35 AM PDT by sport
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To: lowbridge

For later


16 posted on 03/13/2015 6:01:42 AM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (Daniel 2 Daniel 7 Daniel 9 Revelation 13 Revelation 16 Revelation 17 Revelation 18 Revelation 19)
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To: lowbridge
Question: What will the spineless, gutless, clueless, witless Republicans in Congress do to stop this EPA destruction of our energy sector? Nothing because POTUS would just veto any legislation; epic surrender before the fact. Boehner and McConnell are as worthless as a screen door on a submarine.
17 posted on 03/13/2015 6:03:14 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: lowbridge
Ironically, there is a coal fired electrical generating plant about two miles south of the US Capitol in Anacostia.

I have driven passed the coal trains lined up there many times.

18 posted on 03/13/2015 6:10:42 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: MasterGunner01
That's how the rules have changed in DC for the Fascists.
The Gov just creates a regulation overnight then expects lawmakers to
fight it for ten years. This lets the Eco-terrorists and other grabbers
win. It's a winning strategy now matter how it's spun. A Losing strategy
for all Americans. This is how Communism is winning in America.

Americans are so PC conditioned over this Eco-crap that there is no fight.

19 posted on 03/13/2015 6:10:52 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MasterGunner01
I would also like to add.

Take the FCC for instance, they were voted the right to vote in their own laws
like the internet neutrality boondoggle. What this does exactly is allow the
President (One Man) to make law by threatening that agency to do his bidding.
And to legally install unelected people who would be willing participants.

If one person in our Gov was breaking the law and running for office it
would be a conflict of interest if that person wasn't charged/convicted
because that single person could be blackmailed. This is an extortion
concept that was brought into DC for that single most outrageous
power grab in American history.

Republicans will not fight it because they know at some point they would
be able to wield that power, and Power is all that matters.

Any one man willing to stop this insanity couldn't openly talk about stopping it
because the entire establishment would be up in arms. No one man can fight that
army which includes a ruthless MSM as a willing participant. This person
would need to be a deceiver which would go against their beliefs of stopping the madness
and would intentionally make that one person just as bad. But this just may be the only way.

20 posted on 03/13/2015 6:43:34 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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