September 26, 2017 Read More →

Missouri Utility Announces Plan to Shift From Coal to Renewables

Utility Dive:

Ameren Missouri this week filed its 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with state officials, calling for significant cuts to the utility’s coal-fired generation, increased investment in renewables and grid modernization that will allow the electric system to be used in new ways.

The utility will add at least 700 MW of wind generation by 2020, at a cost of about $1 billion, along with 100 MW of solar over the next decade.

The utility plans to retire over half of its coal-fired generating capacity, including mothballing the Meramec Energy Center in south St. Louis County by the end of 2022. And significant amounts of wind power will come online just two years before the plant is pulled offline. Ameren has also left open the possibility that even more wind energy will be added, as a result of improving technology and economics, and renewable energy initiatives with large customers.

Meramec is the oldest of Ameren’s coal-fired facilities and began operating in 1953.

More: More renewables, much less coal in Ameren Missouri’s future

 

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