Kennecott Closes Three Coal Units One Year Ahead of Schedule

By Editors of Power Engineering

Rio Tinto Kennecott and Rocky Mountain Power jointly announced Kennecott will shut down three of its four coal generators in Magna one year ahead of schedule.

The arrangement comes as Kennecott agreed to purchase electricity from Rocky Mountain Power.

Though the units, which totaled 100 MW, were already slated to close January 1, 2018, the Salt Lake Tribune has reported the units have already been shut down and will be decommissioned in the near future.

“This is an important step in the state’s mission to continue improving air quality along the Wasatch Front,” said Colin Nexhip, Kennecott interim managing director. “Shutting down our coal units will eliminate more than 3,500 tons of particulate and precursor emissions emitted annually from these facilities.”

Paul Murphy, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power, said the power provided via the agreement will come from the utility's main six-state grid. 

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