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Fox News’ Dan Springer reports on the coal industry and mines forced to shut down ahead of schedule.
COLSTRIP, Mont. – This city, with its huge coal-fired power plant and range from a coal mine next to him, in any case, trump’s Land. As a candidate, Donald Trump repeatedly a coal revival promised.
But since he has beaten took office, US coal consumption, a 41-year low, and coal closures have actually accelerated. To fall the next one, in December, the Colstrip units 1 and 2, have to keep the lights on in the entire Pacific Northwest since 1975. Down a third of the capacity of the largest coal-to-plant West of the Mississippi, the Obama-era Clean-Power comes to Trump scrapped Plan, and his government pledged $39 million to coal-fired power plants to run cleaner.
“There is nothing he can do about it,” said Randy Hardy, an energy consultant and former head of the Bonneville Power Administration. “The market economy are mandatory to hold that the absent massive government subsidies to coal are alive, they could do it economically.”
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Cheap natural gas from fracking makes coal less competitive, together with falling prices for wind and solar energy. Puget Sound Energy, a large utility company in the state of Washington, and co-owners of the Colstrip plant, is to quickly move away from coal-fired power plants, which currently makes 38 percent of its power portfolio.
“It’s driven by the economy,” said Ron Roberts, PSE Director of the generation. “It’s just getting more and more expensive, a coal-fired power plant.”
Talen energy owns 50 percent of Colstrip 1 and 2. In a statement, Tal-President Dale Lebsack said the decision to close the units, “comes after an extensive review and a comprehensive effort in recent years to cope with the financial challenges these units face.”
Climate policy is also killing coal and drive the future demand. The state of Washington passed a law that must be his tools for the coal-free by 2025. The state’s lone coal-fired power plant in Centralia will start phasing out of production in the year 2020.
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Oregon’s last remaining coal plant in Boardman will completely shut down its 550-MW generation of hazards by the end of 2020. Oregon utilities must be coal-free by the year 2035. Coal plant closures are also planned in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. In all, the amount of energy produced by the burning of coal is expected to MW to more than half by 2030, of 34,000 MW of 16,000.
Nancy Hirsch, managing Director of NW Energy Coalition, said the coal Deposit are necessary.
“It is a great contribution to the fulfillment of the climate goals and the Paris Accords,” said Hirsch, “this is a critical piece to any country the obligation to comply with this decline of emissions.”
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But to feed in Colstrip, Montana, a town of 2300 inhabitants, which began in the 1920s as a coal-bearing rail, it is only the concern.
This tight-knit community with high income, and safe streets is bracing for the possible loss of hundreds of jobs. The power plant with its four units, employs 372 workers during the Rosebud mine, which feeds the plants, has 361 employees.
Everyone in Colstrip somehow with the coal industry. Many companies have advertises window sign “coal Keeps the lights On.” The sign welcoming visitors to Colstrip reads, “Tomorrow, the city is Today.” But Joe Micheletti, chief operating officer of Westmoreland Coal Company, sounds resigned, like a man back to mass redundancies and a very uncertain future for Colstrip, and the miners, who call it ‘home’.
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“You have served the country admirably for a long, long time,” Micheletti, “and I don’t understand how we just want to kick you to the curb.”
Colstrip units 3 and 4 were built in 1982 and will continue to feed the power grid, after the units 1 and 2 shut down. December 31. But with the large utilities in Washington and Oregon steadily weaning your customers off of coal power, many energy analysts think the entire Colstrip facility will be decommissioned soon after 2025.
It is a devastating thought Montana state, Sr., Duane Ankney, who represents Colstrip and used to work in the factory.
“If it ain’ T no 3 and 4, there is no Colstrip, or very little,” said Ankney.
Ankney said the elimination of coal generation, leading to power outages, because renewable energy sources like wind and solar energy are limited.
“This is a matter of national security in the North-West,” Ankney emphasized, “We have climate-friendly electricity.”
John Williams, mayor of Colstrip, which just published an extensive report on the future of the city. There is talk of diversification, and tourism. But the reality is the Colstrip coal jobs needs to survive. Almost all of the city’s General Fund is fed by the coal industry taxes paid. Williams asks his case, that the burning of coal is not to destroy the environment.
“The coal is here because of what happened 30 million years ago,” said Williams, “The climate was different 30 million years ago. The climate will be different in 50 years, in 100 years.”