Texas Could Soon Get More Electricity From Wind Than Coal

Vistra Energy recently announced that its Dallas-based subsidiary, Luminant, will close two large coal-fired power plants in Texas — Big Brown in Fairfield and Sandow in Rockdale. This announcement came exactly one week after Vistra announced it would close another coal plant, the Monticello near Mount Pleasant.The announcements are part of an accelerating trend in electricity generation capacity. Coal is dying off, at least in Texas, and there is not much that can, or should, be done about it.The retirement of coal-fired power plants is directly related to the low price of natural gas, a trend that began about 10 years ago and shows no signs of turning around. During that time, the amount of electricity generation in Texas from coal has been steadily falling, from about 40 percent in 2007 to less than 30 percent today.  Continue reading...

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