Results of a new analysis by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity show that more than 200 coal-fired electric generating units are scheduled to be shut down due, at least in part, to regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The new analysis shows the 204 closing coal units are spread across 25 states and represent 31,000 MW of electric generating capacity. This is equivalent to shutting down the entire electricity supply of Ohio. So far, the total number of retirements nationwide is triple the amount of retirements that the EPA had predicted would be caused by its regulations.
“This is further evidence that the EPA is waging a war on coal, and a war on affordable electricity prices and jobs. The EPA continues to ignore the damage that its new regulations are causing to the US economy and to states that depend on coal for jobs and affordable electricity,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE.
According to the analysis, the states with the most coal-fired generating capacity being prematurely closed are Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. These five states combined have 103 coal units scheduled to shutter, representing almost 18,000 MW. Other hard hit states include Indiana, Colorado and Iowa.
This week, the US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” (H.R. 3409). The act combines several existing bills that have received bipartisan support in the House and would ensure that the EPA regulations are sensible. “Our country needs sound energy and environmental policies, and this bill is a critical step to getting us back on the right track,” said Duncan. “We appreciate the House standing up for America’s coal industry, and the families and businesses that rely on affordable electricity that coal continues to provide.”
Adapted from a press release by Jonathan Rowland.