Coal-fired power plants in Chicago to close sooner

Midwest Generation is planning to close down two coal-fired power plants in Illinois sooner than originally planned as part of a deal with environmental groups and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the 326 MW Fisk plant and the 542 MW Crawford plant are expected to shut down by the end of 2014. Midwest Generation originally agreed to clean up or close the plants by 2018 in a 2006 agreement with state regulators. The company said it would also delay installing emissions controls on its Waukegan coal-fired power plant until 2014, the article said.

As part of the deal, Emanuel agreed to lessen an ordinance that would have forced Midwest Generation to substantially reduce emissions from the plants and the environmental groups will also drop a lawsuit against the company, the article said.

The Sierra Club said in a release that Fisk and Crawford are the 99th and 100th coal-fired power plants to announce retirements since January 2010.

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