By Paul Davidson,
The power industry is stepping up its shift away from coal-fired electricity amid global-warming concerns, as some utilities shut down generators early or terminate contracts to buy coal-based energy.
So far, the trend involves just a handful of utilities
that are generally closing older, smaller plants. Coal still generates half of
Yet the new initiatives signal that a growing number
of utilities are studying ways to shrink coal's role in their power mix as they
face state mandates to reduce carbon emissions or increase renewable energy.
Coal is the No. 1 CO2 producer, and eventual
Anne Woiwode, State Director