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U.S. EPA Reversal Won’t Save San Antonio Coal Plant

San Antonio Business Journal:

The Trump administration’s abolishment of the Clean Power Plan will not save a coal-fired power plant slated for closure in San Antonio.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has terminated the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced on Monday. Implemented in August 2015, the state-based plan had an ambitious goal of reducing U.S. carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030.

While environmentalists decried the Trump administration’s decision and threatened lawsuits, San Antonio’s city-owned utility company CPS Energy said the EPA’s decision does not affect its plans to decommission the coal-fired Deely Power Plant by the end of 2018. The San Antonio-based utility company is however, planning to keep the neighboring coal-fired Spruce Power Plant in operation.

Once considered to be the cheapest source of generating electricity, coal is one of the most polluting and has now become more expensive than natural gas and wind power, thanks to the shale revolution and technological innovations in renewable energy.

CPS Energy, meanwhile, remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint and plans to replace Deely’s aging generators with a modern natural gas plant, CEO Paula Gold-Williams said Monday in a statement.

“While regulations may change over time, our focus will always remain on creating value for our customers and community, executing smart economic decisions and making San Antonio a better place to live,” Gold-Williams said.

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