The skies over America may become a little cleaner over the next four years. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which receives reports from energy production plant owners, a 27 gigawatt (GW) reduction in capacity is likely to occur through 2016 as 175 coal-fired generators are retired.
“In 2011, there were 1,387 coal-fired power generators in the United States, totaling almost 318 GW. The 27 GW of retiring capacity amounts to 8.5% of total 2011 coal-fired capacity,” according to the EIA.
“The coal-fired capacity expected to be retired over the next five years is more than four times greater than retirements performed during the preceding five-year period (6.5 GW). Moreover, based on EIA data, the approximate 9 GW of coal-fired capacity retirements expected to occur in 2012 will likely be the largest one-year amount in the nation’s…
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