NEW YORK, April 27 TransAlta Corp (TA.TO) and
Washington state agreed to enter formal talks to significantly
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the 1,376-megawatt
Centralia coal-fired power plant and to provide replacement
capacity by 2025.
As the United States moves closer to regulating the carbon
emissions in an effort to combat global warming, TransAlta said
in a release the talks would allow the company to transition
the facility to cleaner energy sources while protecting jobs.
"Since TransAlta acquired the Centralia plant in 2000,
we've worked closely with the state to reduce the plant's
environmental impact, investing more than $300 million into
pollution controls and securing significant reductions in
emissions," Dawn Farrell, TransAlta chief operating officer,
said in the release.
Centralia, which entered service in 1971, is Washington
state's largest baseload power source, providing about 10
percent of the state's power. Baseload plants are usually low
cost coal or nuclear plants that operate around the clock.
Since the plant is a merchant facility, TransAlta said it
cannot pass on the cost of environmental and other upgrades to
The coal for the plant arrives by train from the Powder
River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; editing by Jim Marshall)