Even in Coal Country, Trump Aid Won’t Keep This Power Plant Open

Aug. 24, 2018, 5:07 PM

Vistra Energy Corp. plans to close another money-losing coal plant this year despite the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up the ailing fossil-fuel industry.

This one is a 51-megawatt waste-coal plant in Schuylkill County, Pa., where anthracite, or “hard” coal, was discovered in the 18th Century. Vistra’s Luminant unit notified grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC of its plans to close the Northeastern Power plant in McAdoo in late 2018, according to an Aug. 24 statement.

Vistra retired three much larger coal plants in Texas earlier this year because they couldn’t compete with cheaper natural ...

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