- shared on December 5, 2018
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If utilities are forced to look at the actual cost of production of electricity from coal vs. renewables we see that renewables win most of the time.
PacifiCorp revealed that 13 of its 22 coal units are more expensive than alternative options, such as clean energy, when discussing its coal fleet as part of a two-day public stakeholder meeting Monday and Tuesday.
The company presented several scenarios of preparing a combination of coal units for 2022 retirement and found it could save as much as $317 million for closing five units representing 834 MW. Those units, in Wyoming and Colorado, are slated to close between 2029 and 2037.
There is 29GW of remaining coal capacity in Western US. A bunch of these plants are already scheduled for closure. PacifiCorp has always been viewed as the utility where coal plants will stick around the longest.
This is big news. The death of coal in Western US is accelerating.