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Texas Grid Operator Approves Company Plan to Close 2 More Coal-Fired Power Plants


The Texas grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, found that Vistra Energy Corp.’s coal-fired Sandow and Big Brown plants, totaling approximately 2,400 MW, are no longer needed for reliability.

ERCOT approved Vistra’s plan to retire the two Sandow units by Jan. 11, 2018, and Big Brown units 1 and 2 by Feb. 12, 2018.

ERCOT on Oct. 27 found that Luminant’s 1,800-MW Monticello ST coal plant in northeastern Texas, which the company had announced prior to the Big Brown and Sandow announcement that it would close, was no longer needed for reliability and could retire by Jan. 4, 2018. The Monticello units came on in the mid-to-late 1970s, according to S&P Global data.

More ($): ERCOT finds no harm to reliability in Vistra coal plant closures

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