- Oct 19, 2020 4:43 pm GMT
I added this post on "Energy Collective" group and it got moved... adding back to where I originally put it
With the closure of Boardman coal plant, Oregon will no longer have any in-state coal plants. Great news. Note: Oregon will still import coal from other Western states - primarily the remaining two units at the Colstrip plant in Montana. By Oregon law this will need to stop by 2035.
With the continued closure of coal units out West the grid keeps getting cleaner. In the last five years the amount of coal production in Western states (AZ,CA,CO,ID,MT,NM,NV,OR,UT,WA,WY) dropped from 205 TWh in 2014 to just 150TWh in 2019. Huge progress.
With more coal plant closures already lined up and a big pipeline of renewable and storage projects out West coal generation is set to drop below 20TWh by 2030.
We might even see some new nuclear generation in Idaho by 2026/2027. This would be a replacement for the coal generation at the InterMountain plant in UT which is scheduled to close in 2025.
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