PacifiCorp Set to Speed Up Move From Coal Fired Power Generation
Written by jordanmckamey on October 4, 2019
According to an AP report–a major Western utility said Thursday it plans to speed up its move away from coal-fired power.
Citing financial incentives, Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp said it wants to reduce coal-fired generation by two-thirds by 2030 while pursuing a buildout of wind and solar energy.
Federal tax incentives make those renewables less expensive for PacifiCorp’s 1.9 million customers in California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, the utility said.
The plan quickly met criticism from coal-industry supporters who said it goes too far, while environmental groups complained that it doesn’t go far enough.
The utility isn’t alone in stepping away from coal-fired electricity. U.S. utilities have announced the retirement of over 546 coal-fired power generators since 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.