NRG scraps plans for new 800 MW coal-fired unit at Limestone plant

NRG Energy

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) announced it is dropping plans for an 800-megawatt coal-fired power unit at its Limestone plant in Texas, reports Reuters.

According to the article, NRG officials voided an air permit for the new unit citing the abundant supply of affordable natural gas that makes coal plants less economic.

The permit, which was slated to expire this month, was secured by NRG in 2009 for the $1.2 billion plan after numerous challenges from environmental groups.

The article notes NRG had initially sought an extension for the permit, but then determined the project did not make financial sense going forward.

NRG’s Limestone power plant is located near Jewett, Texas and consists of two lignite coal-fired units that generate more than 1,700-MW of baseload capacity.

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