It’s Great to Have a Job… Unless You Work at a Coal Power Plant in Georgia

Jan 8, 2013

A worker distributes newly delivered coal across a storage area at the Duke Energy station in Edwardsport, IN. Photographer: Doug McSchooler/Bloomberg.

When it comes to coal-fired power plants, 2013 is much like 2012. EPA regulations are playing a key role in the closure of a number of Georgia power plants. Conn Carroll at the Washington Examiner writes:

Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the [units] on the exact day the EPA’s new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too on April 16, 2016. It is unclear how the Georgia energy sector will make the 2 gigawatts up.

480 workers will be affected.

In 2011 and 2012 we saw a string of announcements of plant closures in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Montana, Illinois, and Virginia. Rules like Utility MACT and EPA’s greenhouse gas rule continue to cost jobs and make the electricity grid less reliable.

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