Michigan State University to phase out coal use at power plant

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says it will phase out use of coal at its East Lansing power plant by the end of next year.

The university says most of its coal use at the T.B. Simon Power Plant will end in 2015 and it will cease entirely by the end of 2016.

Michigan State said in a statement Wednesday that the move is part of its Energy Transition Plan adopted three years ago.

The plant on the south end of campus now burns natural gas, coal and biomass to produce steam for heating and electrical power generation.

The school says three of the four boilers burn natural gas. It says that the plant's coal use has fallen by 65 percent since 2009-2010.

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