Last year, the U.S. utilities retired 18 GW of power plants last year to meet energy industry standards, with the majority being coal-fired power plants according to a report from the Energy Information Administration department.
The loss in coal energy equals 4.6% of the country's total coal-fired electric generation capacity. That is above projections for the year. The EIA also reported that Virginia retired 21% of its coal-fired generation capacity in 2015. Georgia retired 18% last year. Lastly, Ohio retired 15% in 2015. Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia also retired large amounts of coal-generated power.
Another wave of coal-fired power plant closures is expected in April when a one-year federal extension to comply with mercurty emission rules expires.
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