Council backs plan to close three units at Dallman coal plant in Springfield, Ill.

first_imgCouncil backs plan to close three units at Dallman coal plant in Springfield, Ill. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The State Journal-Register:It was a debate years in the making. But, when it came time Tuesday evening to debate a resolution endorsing the retirements of three of City Water, Light and Power’s four coal-fired units, it took just minutes for the Springfield City Council to make their decision.Council members voted unanimously to support the nonbinding resolution, which supports CWLP’s recommendation that Dallman Units 31, 32 and 33 be retired in favor of purchasing additional power from other sources, such as natural gas and renewables.CWLP’s proposed timeline for units 31 and 32 — the two oldest and least productive — stayed the same, with the units expected to come offline no later than the end of this year.If the plants close as planned, it will largely mirror the recommendations CWLP received last year from The Energy Authority (TEA), an energy consulting firm hired to create an “integrated resource plan” to map out the utility’s power generation for the next two decades. That future, according to the firm, does not include those three units, which it recommended be taken offline “as soon as feasible” as “no scenario economically retained these units.”Between annual lost savings and doing the necessary work to keep up with environmental regulations, Brown said that retaining units 31 and 32 would cost $100 million over the next five years. Retaining unit 33 would also cost $100 million within that span.Brenden MooreMore: Council approves resolution supporting CWLP’s impending retirement of three coal-fired unitslast_img

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