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Energy Market Specialist Hitachi Energy USA Inc.

Kent Knutson is a market specialist focusing on energy industry intelligence for Hitachi Energy.  He has more than 30 years of experience designing and developing intelligence products for some...

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Earlier this week, Ameren Missouri's Rush Creek Coal plant units were designated SSR (system support resources) by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). As recently as December 2021, the plant was scheduled for closure in the spring of 2024, with possible suspension of operations in September 2022. The new target for closure is mid-2025. That date corresponds with plans to energize 4 new transmission lines in the region -- designed to maintain grid voltage. MISO's Rush Creek decision has not been the only one impacting coal resources in MISO. In mid-June, three coal plants in Wisconsin were granted 18-month extensions to their proposed retirement dates -- all for reliability purposes.

Rush Creek has been a major electricity contributor over the years. Over the past two decades the plant has generated more than 160 million MWh . . . as recently as 2021, the plant accounted for 10.6% of all electricity produced in Missouri.


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larry hooks on Sep 1, 2022

Keep the coal plants running. The rest of the world is. The small amount of human CO2 emissions that many are so worried about could or could not be what is throwing the balance out of whack. There are plenty of solutions to decreasing the suns radiation from being absorbed in our atmosphere. What is going to charge all those batteries? Slow down people.


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Jim Stack on Sep 7, 2022

Solar PV and Wind have been shown to be the lowest in cost. COAL is very inefficient and dirty and pollutes water as shown in many reports. If it is so good why do we still subsidizes COAL and OIL and Nuclear. Let them stand on their own and they will fail faster than they are already are. 

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Michael Keller on Sep 6, 2022

Ignore the hysterical overreaction to CO2 driven by those attempting to line their pockets at the expense of the consumer. We have no idea of the trajectory of the planet’s future climate. The climate involves  extremely complicated planetary redistributions of energy from the sun. The uncertainties and unknowns involved cause  distant forecasts to be meaningless. Spending trillions of dollars based on a claim of an “x” degrees reduction in the planets’s future temperature is the pinnacle of arrogance and greed by the elite.

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