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  • Jun 17, 2021 4:23 pm GMT

About time....


The coal closure list across the US keeps getting longer.


Let's get the rest of the coal plants in Illinois replaced by zero carbon sources.

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 17, 2021

Joe, 43% of NRG's power mix is gas generation. Guess how much of the company's power comes from renewables? Two percent.

NRG's business strategists are no dummies - they'll erect a few wind turbines, maybe a 1 MW solar farm, and activists will swoon: "Coal is being replaced by renewables!"

Romeoville is already scheduled to be replaced by Three Rivers, this 1,250 MW gas behemoth from Competitive Power Ventures:

That's the same company replacing your retiring coal plant in Pittsburgh - not with renewables, but fossil fuel gas. Methane.

How long do you think this gas plant will be spewing GHGs? See any pattern here?

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Joe Deely on Jun 18, 2021


These coal plants have been killing folks in the Chicago area for decades with their pollution.  So personally, I couldn't be happier seeing them close.

Illinois has lowered coal generation by 63 TWh over the last decade. Let's see if they can get rid of the remaining 31 TWh over the next five years. One of the remaining plants - Powerton - is owned by NRG.  


For Q1 of 2021 - wind up 16% in Illinois and solar up 165%. 

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 19, 2021

Hard to know whether you chose not to include Illinois solar on your chart, or it's so small it can't be seen...and increases in gas generation are outpacing even wind. I suppose we should consider that progress?

Despite intense lobbying from renewables interests, since 2010 Illinois nuclear has increased faster than wind (the older those plants get, the more clean energy they generate...go figure!).

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Joe Deely on Jun 23, 2021

Despite intense lobbying from renewables interests, since 2010 Illinois nuclear has increased faster than wind

Tough to argue with someone who thinks that 

100-96= 4 is greater than 17-4 = 13

Arithmetic - it's important.

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