Western Resource Advocates today commented on Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s announcement that it plans to close two coal-fired power plants in Colorado and New Mexico, as well as a coal mine in Colorado:
“Closing these coal-fired power plants is an important step that will help Tri-State reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful air pollutants, while also lowering electricity costs for its members,” said Erin Overturf, deputy director of Western Resource Advocates’ Clean Energy Program. “Continued operation of coal plants is increasingly more expensive than shifting to cleaner resources like wind and solar. At the same time, we recognize that these closures are economically challenging for many Tri-State employees and the communities where the facilities are located. We are committed to working with Tri-State and others in support of actions and policies that will help create new economic opportunities for the people and communities impacted by today’s announcement.”
The Craig Generating Station, in Moffat County, Colorado, has a total capacity of 1,285 megawatts from three units, which were built between 1979 and 1984. Craig Unit 1 was already scheduled to retire in 2025. Under the terms of this new announcement, Units 2 and 3 will be retired no later than 2030. Annually, Craig units 2 and 3 emit 5.7 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution.
The 253-megawatt Escalante plant in McKinley County, New Mexico, was built in 1984. The Escalante plant emits 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution each year.