Irving, Texas-based Vistra Energy and its subsidiaries have introduced plans to shut 4 coal-fueled power vegetation in Illinois.
The vegetation will retire with a view to meet the necessities of the not too long ago permitted revisions to the Multi-Pollutant Standard (MPS) rule, which was imposed by the Illinois Pollution Control Board. The firm will shut the Coffeen Power Plant in Coffeen, Duck Creek Power Plant in Canton, Havana Power Plant in Havana and Hennepin Power Plant in Hennepin.
The revised MPS rule regulates emissions at eight power vegetation operated by Vistra subsidiaries. The rule additionally requires a discount in annual mass caps for SO2 and NOx.
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“Even though today’s retirement announcements were inevitable due to the changing regulatory environment and unfavorable economic conditions in the MISO market, they are nonetheless difficult to make,” feedback Curt Morgan, Vistra’s president and CEO. “By far, the hardest decisions we make in our business are those that significantly impact our people. As always, we will do right by those who are impacted by this announcement. Our employees take pride in the work they do, and we appreciate their decades of service providing reliable and affordable power to Illinois, particularly in years like this one with periods of extreme cold and heat.”
As a part of the closure course of, the corporate is submitting required notices with MISO, PJM and FERC. If it’s decided that the models aren’t wanted for reliability, Vistra expects to stop operations in any respect 4 websites by the top of the 12 months.
Approximately 300 jobs can be eradicated throughout the 4 vegetation. Vistra is offering outplacement providers and dealing with state workforce companies to help the workers impacted by the closures.
Notably, the corporate says it continues to strongly assist laws that would supply a pathway to reinvest and repurpose its coal websites into solar and battery energy storage amenities. Vistra has a demonstrated historical past of growing these new applied sciences in Texas and California and, by the Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019, might do the identical in Illinois. This laws would enable the corporate to reuse substantial transmission infrastructure and its current footprint of accessible land at its coal-fueled power vegetation to develop renewable energy amenities, mitigating employment and property tax impacts to plant communities and serving to Illinois meet its clear energy targets.
Vistra is hopeful that the Illinois General Assembly will take up the Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act throughout its fall veto session.
“As a Canton resident, I am very concerned about the dedicated workers and what Vistra will do to clean up their locations,” says Brenda Dilts, head of Concerned Area Citizens for Environmental Issues and a longtime member of the Sierra Club’s Heart of Illinois Group. “Everyone has to look at the fact that Vistra is closing some of their cleanest-operating coal plants. Duck Creek, southeast of Canton, has scrubbers, as do Havana and Coffeen. We know the cleaner plants cost more to operate and make less profit, and Vistra is all about profit. Illinois needs to move to solar and wind energy so we can breathe healthier air and have new jobs for our area. In July, I met with our mayor to talk about what can be done to promote new jobs and opportunities for reclaiming areas of our county. I hope the Duck Creek plant land is reclaimed, as their huge coal ash pits are on the bluff above the Illinois River.”