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This is a list of public-source items on developments in power plant construction and retirements, generally updated on Thursdays. If you have comments or have an item to add to an upcoming list, please contact me. 

For the time being this is an experiment.  If you find it useful let me know.  Thanks.

Note: The initial source for many of these items is Energy News Network (, which I highly recommend.

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Matt Chester on Jul 13, 2020

Really valuable resource, Stan, thanks for sharing. Too often we read about these announcements and then move on so it's easy to lose track of them.

I'd also recommend maybe you cross-check with EIA's Electric Power Monthly, if you aren't already, but information on planned addition and retirements in generation plants, particularly tables 6.5 and 6.5

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Stan Kaplan on Jul 13, 2020

Thanks for the comments!  By the way, EIA publishes a complete monthly update of the U.S. generating fleet including separate lists of operating, new, and retiring units.  This is not as widely known as it deserves.  It can be found here:

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Jim Stack on Jul 14, 2020

Looking at the attached word document I am surprised there are not more entries for Coal like clearing the vast amount of fly ash.Coal Ash Basics | Coal Ash (Coal Combustion Residuals, or › coalash › coal-ash-basics

Jun 5, 2020 - What do power plants do with coal ash? ... Fly Ash, a very fine, powdery material composed mostly of silica made from the burning of ... Coal ash is one of the largest types of industrial waste generated in the United States.

Also there is no entry for the tons of Nuclear waste stored on site with no way to dispoase of it. There is the issue of water to keep the plant runnig. In Europe they truck in cold water to keep the plats from over heating in summer. 

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Stan Kaplan on Jul 14, 2020

In writing the article I struggled with how much detail to include.  In some areas, like coal ash, I decided to keep it brief, trading detail for readability.  If I post a revised version I can include more citations like the EPA reference you provide. 

Nuclear waste is not included because my focus was coal. 

And thanks for the comments!

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