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. 

Visit PennEnergy Research for in-depth reports on  emission control technologies for coal-fired power

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs