Two units at Montana’s Colstrip coal plant to be retired this weekend

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. will close two of its four units by Saturday as the Montana facility edges toward an eventual total shutdown.Colstrip Units 1 and 2 – built in the 1970s when massive strip mines were being developed across Montana and Wyoming – will close as soon as they run out of coal to burn, Talen Energy spokeswoman Taryne Williams said Thursday.The plant employs about 300 people and is the main driver of the economy for the surrounding town of Colstrip, which has about 2,300 people. But it’s been unable to compete with surging investments into renewable energy and cheap natural gas, as the coal plant’s operating costs have risen with the need for better pollution controls.The closure of Units 1 and 2 was long anticipated as demand for U.S. coal collapsed in recent years and came despite vows by elected officials in Montana to find ways to keep it open. The two closing units are operated by Pennsylvania-based Talen, which co-owns them with Puget Sound Energy of Washington state.Six utilities – including Spokane-based Avista Corp. – own shares of the remaining two units built in the 1980s. Most of the owners are making preparations for operations to cease as early as 2025.[Matthew Brown]More: Montana coal power plant closing two units built in 1970s Two units at Montana’s Colstrip coal plant to be retired this weekendlast_img read more