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San Antonio utility closes Deely coal plant

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On the last day of 2018, CPS Energy officially closed its coal-fired Deely plant that has been open since the late 1970s. The Deely station was part of the Calaveras Power Station on the Southeast Side near Highway 181 and Loop 1604.

The decision was made in 2011 due to the plant needing many environmental upgrades and a big push from the local environmental community. CPS Energy CEO Paula Gold-Williams said the much-needed environmental upgrades are what ultimately shut its doors.

“From an environmental standpoint, it was the right decision,” Gold-Williams said.

Gold-Williams said that while CPS Energy is steering away from coal, there is another option being considered. “I think a lot of it will be focused on gas and then new technologies coming down the pipe,” Gold-Williams said.

“Coal is not the cheapest. Gas is … arguably.” And it’s “consistent, great for reliability and very cost effective,” Gold-Williams said.

More: CPS Energy closes coal-fired Deely plant in operation since ’70s to focus on cleaner energy sources

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