Four NRG Energy plants switch from coal to natural gas
Four coal-fire power plants owned by Houston-based NRG Energy have been turned into natural gas plants, the company said this week.
- Plummeting natural gas prices, environmental regulations and economics have made coal-fired power plants more expensive to run and maintain.
- 4 power plants are in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, and they collectively can generate more than 2,780 MW of electricity, enough to power more than two million average homes.
- NRG has also started shopping for cheaper, and cleaner coal
- Texas’ coal, known as “dirty coal,” is more expensive to mine and burns more carbon.
- Instead, NRG will be buying coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. The Jewett coal mine is scheduled to shut down after NRG’s contract expires on Dec. 31 (NRG cancelled contract with the Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Company, which owns the Jewett coal mine north of Houston)