New England’s last coal plants to shut down
Other - APRIL 2, 2024

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New England’s last coal plants to shut down

by Lewis Dayton

New England’s last two coal-fired power plants, the Merrimack and Schiller stations in New Hampshire, are set to close in 2025 and 2028, respectively, reported Minho Kim for The New York Times.

The two sites will be converted into solar farms and battery sites. The decision to shut down the coal plants comes on the heels of cheapening renewable energy and a five-year legal battle against the New Hampshire plants from environmentalists who argued the plants had discharged water from steam turbines into a river without cooling it first to the river’s temperature.

The owner of the plants, Granite Shore Power, reached a settlement that stipulated the company would shut down Schiller by Dec. 31, 2025, and Merrimack by June 2028.

In a press release following the agreement, Granite S

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