Despite relaxed regs, no comeback seen for closed coal plants

first_imgDespite relaxed regs, no comeback seen for closed coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Herald Bulletin (Indiana):While the implications of the Donald Trump administration’s planned rollback of coal regulation remain unseen, one seems certain: previously shuttered power plants are unlikely to reopen.Coal officials and power companies champion the new Affordable Clean Energy rules announced last month as offering coal-fired plants a temporary reprieve from costly regulations, but the decision came too late for many smaller plants.Paul Hartman, Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent, estimated compliance with the [Obama-era] regulation would have cost north of $100 million, a huge price for the small metropolitan energy provider. Instead, the plant closed in January 2016.But even without the required regulation, Hartman said, it’s unlikely that new coal will be flooding into previously closed facilities any time soon. “It’s impossible to get these units restarted,” Hartman said. “If you leave a coal-fired plant down for three or four or five months or through a winter, it’s not going to start back up again.”As Hartman explained, without the regular maintenance associated with actually running a plant, all those water lines would have frozen and broken, and many of the main moving parts would surely have locked up by now. He compared it to trying to start a car that’d been sitting outside for two years, “except if the car didn’t have antifreeze in it and no oil in the crankcase. You just don’t know how many leaks or where they would be,” he continued.And even if the plant were in working order, the cost for coal is much higher than Hartman could afford to run the plant effectively.More: Even with relaxed regulation, Indiana coal plants will remain coldlast_img

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