Thursday, May 16, 2013

NRG agrees to stop burning coal at Pa power plant

NRG's Portland Generating Station in Mt. Bethel, Pa. Photo by
UPDATE: Additional related news stories added at 12:35 a..m. on May 16, 2013

As part of a settlement with the states of New Jersey and Connecticut, NRG announced it will stop using coal as fuel in two units at its Portland Generating Station in Mt. Bethel, Pa by June 1, 2014The units were previously scheduled to be deactivated on Jan. 6, 2015.

NRG also agreed to invest $1 million to benefit the environment in New Jersey and Connecticut. The settlement, via a federal Consent Decree, allows the parties to avoid
further litigation of a lawsuit that began in 2007. 

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"NRG only acquired the Portland plant in December 2012 when we closed our merger with GenOn – but we immediately started working with New Jersey and Connecticut and were able to resolve this issue without additional delay or cost to taxpayers," said Lee Davis, President of NRG’s East Region.

"As a part of the settlement, we committed to make a significant investment in projects that are beneficial to the environment consistent with NRG’s focus on providing power in a way that is environmentally responsible, reliable and affordable," Davis said.

NRG says it is the nation’s largest developer of fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and a leading developer of large-scale and distributed solar energy.

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