It's really getting hard to keep up with all the coal closure announcements out West.
I just wrote about a bunch of upcoming coal closures out West yesterday.
We now have two more plants to add to that list -
Tri-State said in a statement Thursday that it will close the Escalante Station in New Mexico by the end of this year. It intends to close its operations at the Craig Station plant in Craig and at the Colowyo Mine in northwest Colorado by 2030.
The Escalante closure in NM along with the upcoming San Juan closure in 2022 means that the Four Corners plant will be the last remaining coal plant in NM. We can expect to see that plant close as well and NM will be coal-free by 2030. New Mexico has great solar and wind resources - so most of the lost coal generation will be replaced by renewables.
This is from a state where coal had an almost 90% share of electricity generation just 15 years ago. Wow.