NRG looks to shut down 1,200 MW of coal-fired power

NRG Energy is looking to close two coal-fired power plants in Maryland due to tougher air emission regulations being proposed by the state.

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) said it wants to close two coal-fired power plants in Maryland in 2017 due to tougher air emission regulations being proposed by the state, Reuters reported.

"It is not economically feasible for us to add the emissions reductions systems needed to meet the state's proposed environmental regulations given the low natural gas and power prices," NRG spokesman David Gaier said, according to the source. 

The power company is looking to shutdown the coal-fired units at the Dickerson and Chalk Point power plants by May 31, 2017. The plants, located in Montgomery County, have a combined capacity of 1,200 megawatts.

Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner said the plant closures can help the area meet its 80 percent emission reduction goals by 2050, ABC affiliate WJLA reported. 

"Even with the closure, much more work must be done - hard work - and I will be introducing a package of renewable, energy efficiency and electric vehicle measures next month that should help our county achieve this important goal," Berliner said. 

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