Midwest utilities plan retirements for coal, gas, biomass power plants
For reasons ranging from economic to environmental, three Midwestern utilities have decided to retire about 600 MW of coal, natural gas and biomass generation in Wisconsin and Kansas by the end of this year. Most of the units targeted in the region's latest generation plant shutdown are older coal and gas facilities owned and operated by Alliant Energy and Westar Energy. They most likely would be replaced by new natural gas-fired generation by Alliant and renewables in the case of Westar, company officials said.
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