More On Coffeen Power Plant Closure

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In the wake of last week’s news that the Coffeen power plant is expected to close by the end of the year, Meranda Cohn, Director, Media Relations & Corporate Affairs, for Vistra Energy has shared more on the announcement.

Cohn explained the closure is necessary to comply with new revisions to the “Multi Pollutant Standard Rule”, which regulates emissions at eight of Vistra’s downstate power plants. The revisions require Vistra shut down 2,000 megawatts of generation, which is equal to four power plants. Cohn said if not for these rule changes, the entire downstate fleet of eight plants was at risk of “near eminent retirement”.

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Cohn also acknowledged the impact the closure will have on the 95 employees of the Coffeen plant. She said the announcement is part of a multi-year process so the news wasn’t unexpected, but it is difficult because it affects people. She said layoff announcements could begin as early as November and will probably wrap up by the end of December.

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An effort is underway to repurpose Vistra Energy’s existing coal-fueled power plant sites into solar and battery energy storage facilities.

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The Coffeen power plant, 915 megawatt, coal-powered facility, has been in operation since 1965.