(Bloomberg) -- In the end, the unraveling economics of U.S. coal proved too much for even a giant among power generators to handle.At 12:09 p.m. local time on Monday -- after churning out electricity for almost five decades -- the largest coal-fired power plant in the western U.S. permanently...
Another sign that coal fire power plants are not long for the US. Its interesting that some large financial firms are no longer actively lending for large natural gas fired plants as they are predicting that they will become stranded assets. The prediction is that global warming legislation will make renewables and storage the least cost new power. The DOE commissioned a major study about building major HVDC transmission lines across the country for moving surplus renewables around the country but the current administration will not release it https://governorswindenergycoalition.org/doe-holds-back-super-grid-renewable-study/
Putting in the supergrid along with a expected boom in east coast offshore wind (also being held up by the current administration https://www.powermag.com/feds-delay-environmental-permit-for-vineyard-wind-project/ . Add in a major increase in storage and that's most likely where the US will get its power in the 20 year lifespan of large new fossil projects.
About 10 years ago I did my small part converting a coal plant over to biomass. Sadly the state it was in decided Duke Energy needed a subsidy to burn gas instead of coal and shut it down by pulling incentives from renewable generation.