Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant to close without electricity customer

Columbia Coal Plant, Columbia Energy Center, owned by Wisconsin Power & Light, parent company Alliant Energy

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A small coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is shutting its doors, two years before it was expected.

Virginia-based AES Corp. announced Thursday that the power plant will close because the company couldn't find a buyer for its electricity.

The Beaver County Times reports that AES didn't say precisely when the 125 MW facility will close. The plant once employed more than 100 people, but its workforce had recently dropped to about 35.

State regulators had given earlier this year for AES to renovate the plant to run on natural gas.

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