U.S. coal fired power plant closure announcements in 2017

Last Modified: Sun Jan 06 2019 21:24:07 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 23,542 MW
    of coal power plant capacity, across 56 units in 28 plants, will over time, be shuttered or transition to alternate fuel sources, based on decisions announced so far this year.
  • 13 Feb
    Utilities that own the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona voted to close all 3 coal units (3 x 803 MW) when their lease expires at the end of 2019. The coal plant has been more expensive to run than lower carbon alternatives, according to the plant owners.
  • 16 Mar
    Owensboro Municipal Utilities Commission will retire 282 MW Unit 2 of the Elmer Smith power plant in Owensboro in western Kentucky. Decision to shut down 163 MW Unit 1 by 2019 was taken in 2015.
  • 16 Mar
    Public Service Company of New Mexico, after extensive analysis of San Juan Generating Station in Waterflow, New Mexico found that the coal-fired power plant is no longer economically viable after 2022. 2 Units of 924 MW will be closed by 2022, 30 years ahead of schedule. In 2013, 2 other units of 924 MW were approved to be shut by 2017.
  • 17 Mar
    JEA and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) have agreed to terms to decommission the St. Johns River Power Park (SJRPP), a 1,252 MW coal-fired electric generating plant owned jointly by JEA (80 percent) and FPL (20 percent), in early 2018.
  • 20 Mar
    Dayton Power & Light to retire the 666 MW Killen Generating Station near Manchester, Ohio.
  • 20 Mar
    Dayton Power & Light to retire all 4 units of the 2,440 MW J.M. Stuart Generating Station near Aberdeen, Ohio.
  • 02 May
    The 2 unit, 115 MW Edgecombe Genco coal-fired power plant, located in Rocky Mount, will retire in 2020 according to an announcement by it owner Dominion.
  • 04 May
    Idaho Power announced its intention to close the two units of 521 MW, at Nevada’s North Valmy Generating Station several years ahead of schedule. Idaho Power plans to close Unit 1 (254 MW) in 2019 and Unit 2 (267 MW) in 2025. Idaho Power’s current schedule depreciates Units 1 and 2 in 2031 and 2035, respectively.
  • 16 May
    Detroit, Michigan based DTE Energy Co. announced it would retire the last of its 8 generating units at 4 plants by 2050. These include: all 4 units at Monroe (4x850MW), both units at Belle River (2x697.5MW), i unit at Marysville (1x150MW) and 1 unit at Harbor Beach (1x121MW). This is on the back of its decision last year to retire 8 units with a combined capacity of 3,355 MW.
  • 28 May
    City Utilities of Springfield MO, took the first step in retiring the James River Power Station. The board unanimously voted to shut down units 1 (22 MW), Unit 2 (22 MW) and Unit 3 (44 MW) permanently by Dec this year. Unit 4 (60 MW) and Unit 5 (105 MW) will be shut down within 2 years. Actual closure still needs approval from the Southwest Power Pool.
  • 02 Jun
    Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) announces its plans to retire six generating units with a combined capacity of 900 MW at the company’s Montrose, Lake Road and Sibley Stations, in late 2018. These actions further the company’s commitment to a sustainable energy future and balanced generation portfolio.
  • 05 Jul
    Idaho Power is proposing to shut down Units 1 and 2 at the Jim Bridger coal facility, totalling 1,060 MW. Rather than perform capital improvements, Idaho Power will mothball the generators in 2032 and 2028, respectively.
  • 23 Aug
    The Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL) will stop burning fossil fuels at its 155 MW coal-fired Erickson Generating Station by December 2025 and commit to specific clean energy investments, under a settlement agreement announced this day by Sierra Club. The agreement settles claims of Clean Air Act violations at LBWL’s Erickson and Eckert Generating Stations in Lansing, Michigan.
  • 08 Oct
    Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, announced closure of its Monticello power plant, one of Texas's largest coal-powered plants. The 1,800 MW plant will cease operations on 04 Jan 2018 and will result in loss of 200 jobs. "The market's unprecedented low power price environment has profoundly impacted its operating revenue and no longer supports continued investment," said Curt Morgan, CEO of Dallas-based Vistra,.
  • 13 Oct 2017
    Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, today announced that it will close its two-unit Sandow Power Plant in Milam County, central Texas. Unit 4 with capacity 591 MW and Unit 5 with capacity 581 MW will be shuttered early 2018. The decision is a result of 'challenging plant and market economics'. 450 jobs will be impacted.
  • 13 Oct 2017
    Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, today announced that it will close its two-unit Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County, Texas. Unit 1 & 2 both with capacity 595 MW will be shuttered early 2018. The decision is a result of 'challenging plant and market economics'. 220 jobs will be impacted.
  • 14 Nov 2017
    Kentucky Utilities announced that it will retire Unit 1 (114 MW) and Unit 2 (180 MW) located at the E.W. Brown coal plant near Herrington Lake in Harrodsburg, Kentucky by Feb 2019 and continue transition to clean energy. 800 coal miner and plant worker jobs will be lost.
  • 15 Nov 2017
    In a letter sent to the Montana Public Services Commission, Rocky Mountain Power says the 116 MW Hardin Generating Station - built in 2006 - has been bleeding money for the past three years and the company has decided to shutter it in the first part of 2018 if it cannot find a buyer. 30 jobs and almost a half-million dollars in tax revenue will be impacted.
  • 28 Nov 2017
    Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group announced it was closing the Pleasant Prairie coal fired power plant (2 units, 595 MW each) permanently in the second quarter of 2018 as the company moves to cheaper natural gas and other energy sources. The power plant employs 158 people and the company said it will try to keep many of the employees by redeploying them to other facilities.
  • 30 Nov 2017
    Wisconsin Public Service announced its decision to retire the last 2 units - Unit 7 (81.6 MW) and Unit 8 (149.6 MW) - at its J.P. Pulliam plant in Green Bay, WI. The plant will be shut down late 2018 to early 2019. Sustainable low gas prices, dramatic reduction in cost for renewable energy and stagnant demand have been cited as reasons for the closure. Fate of 46 employees is yet to be determined.
  • 01 Dec 2017
    Willmar Municipal Utilities announced its decision to a 22 MW coal fired plant used for district heating to natural gas due to cost considerations. Impact on jobs - unknown.
  • 07 Dec 2017
    Inter-Power AhlCon Partners, owners of Colver Power Plant announced plans to close the only unit (Unit 1 - 118 MW) of its waste coal burning plant in September of 2020 when its contract to sell electricity to Penelec expires.
  • 29 Aug 2017
    Colorado's largest utility company, Xcel Energy it will retire 660 megawatts of coal-generated power from Comanche Unit 1, built in 1973, and Comanche Unit 2, built in 1975. “It is really about the economics,” David Eves, president for Xcel Energy in Colorado, said of the retirements, which will take place before the end of 2022 and 2025.