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Scant Investor Interest in Trump Idea for Smaller Coal-Fired Plants

March 9, 2018, 8:09 PM

Without support from the private sector, the administration’s latest bid to prop up the flagging coal sector—promoting a new generation of small, modular coal-fired power plants—could fizzle.

It needs private investors to embrace any new technology the Energy Department helps create, build new plants, and start selling coal-fired power into the energy market.

During the CERAWeek conference this week in Houston, Steven Winberg, the department’s fossil energy chief, said one of the agency’s goals is to build the next generation of flexible coal plants, producing around 200 megawatts each.

A 200-megawatt coal plant is on the small end of ...

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