Sierra Club

February 1, 2021

The Sierra Club on Monday said, “Science shows that unless utilities retire all their coal plants by 2030, abandon all…

A report from a major environmental group said that coal-fired power generation will continue to play a large role in U.S. electricity production for at least another 10 years. The Sierra Club report published Jan. 25, based on a review of integrated resource plans (IRPs) from the 50 U.S. utilities most invested in coal-fired and natural […]

January 27, 2021

Karan Ireland, the West Virginia Sierra Club’s senior campaign representative, said the companies are unwisely doublin…

Electric utilities’ resource plans are intended to shed more light than heat, but answers about coal in the latest state filings can be difficult to divine. Toward the end of their 52-page joint integrated resource plan, FirstEnergy subsidiaries Mon Power and Potomac Edison sent a message about their conclusion that coal plants should remain in […]

February 16, 2021

Last May, Alliant Energy announced plans to add 675 MW of solar energy generation to its portfolio

Alliant Energy announced plans to retire the two coal units at the Columbia Energy Center by the end of 2024, meaning the utility would become coal-free in Wisconsin about 15 years ahead of its previous goal. The 1.1 GW coal plant went into operation in 1975 and is located near Portage, Wisconsin. Alliant Energy co-owns the facility […]

February 16, 2021

Alliant Energy has set goals of cutting CO2 emissions in half by 2030, and eliminating all coal from its generation fle…

The Columbia Energy Center, a two-unit 1,100-MW coal-fired station located in Columbia County, Wisconsin, south of Portage, will be permanently retired by the end of 2024. Alliant Energy, which co-owns the facility with Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group) and Madison Gas and Electric Co., made the announcement on Feb. 2. […]

February 2, 2021

The website also includes a national map showing utility service areas and a digital dashboard for tracking each utility…

Environmental group Sierra Club released Monday (Jan. 25) a report and research tool that grades U.S. utilities based on their plans to retire coal plants, stop building natural gas plants and invest in renewable energy projects. From this, one can determine each utility’s climate progress based on its carbon reduction goals and how that compares […]

January 29, 2021

The NCUC will make the final decision on the proposed rate requests and the proposed settlement agreement

In a milestone settlement that resolves the last remaining major issues on coal ash management in North Carolina, the North Carolina Attorney General, North Carolina Public Staff, Sierra Club and Duke Energy have reached an agreement on costs related to coal ash management and safe basin closure. The proposed settlement, to be filed with the […]

January 21, 2021

Minnesota Power will be coal-free by 2035 and carbon-free by 2050

Minnesota Power will be coal-free by 2035 and carbon-free by 2050. The Duluth-based utility on Tuesday announced it will retire the coal-fired 335-megawatt Unit 3 at its Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset by 2030 and convert the power plant’s 468-megawatt Unit 4 to be coal-free by 2035. To make up the difference, it’s adding 400 […]

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