Indiana Michigan Power's plan to burn coal could cost billions, greens say
- Indiana Michigan Power (I&M)'s most recent integrated resource plan calls for the continues operation of the Rockport Generating Station, located on the Ohio River in southern Indiana. In its 20-year plan, released last year, the utility intends to continue to make improvements to the facility through 2028.
- The Sierra Club has countered that the energy from the coal plant is not needed to meet customer demand, and the facility should be shuttered while I&M builds more renewable energy, the Star Press reports.
- Rockport is a necessary baseload plant, I&M responded, and producing excess energy for exports is part of the state's plan to reduce costs and attract businesses.
- The Sierra Club says it will cost I&M billions of dollars to continue operating the plant.
It's not clear what it would cost to upgrade the Rockport facility, but I&M says it considered retiring one unit prior to 2035 and found that retaining both resulted in cost savings up to $300 billion. The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, however, believes billions will be needed to keep the two units operating.
I&M's resource plan calls for an additional 600 MW of large-scale solar resources, 1,350 MW of wind resources, a 1,235 MW combined-cycle gas facility, and energy efficiently reductions of 70 MW by 2035.
- The Star Press I&M won't retire coal-fired power plant
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