Aug 28 Power company Duke Energy Corp
outlined plans to retire the remaining coal-fired stations at
its Ohio plant by the end of the month as it looks to cope with
tightening power plant emission regulations.
Power utilities are cutting their exposure to coal-fired
plants to comply with air emission regulations, the latest being
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plans to lower carbon
emissions from existing plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels
Duke Energy will stop coal-fired power generation at its WC
Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, by retiring units 5 and
6, effective Sept. 1, the company said on Thursday.
Four oil-fired combustion turbines on the site will continue
operations, while employees at the coal station would be moved
to its nearby plants, Duke said.
Duke Energy Ohio had said in 2011 it would retire Beckjord
Station's coal-fired units 1 through 6, totaling 862 megawatts
of generating capacity, by January 2015.
NRG Energy Inc said on Thursday it will spend about
$567 million to reduce emissions from four coal-fired power
plants in Illinois.
(Reporting By Kanika Sikka in Bangalore; Editing by Savio