Urge Gov. Corbett to support clean energy policies that yield quality jobs.
Citing the higher costs of coal, overcapacity, the inefficiency of 60-year-old facilities, and the need to harmful emissions, GenOn Energy Inc. announced on Leap Day that eight power plants will be closed by 2015. Welcoming this move, which will reduce mountain top mining, reduce emission of toxins like mercury, and lessen the problem of treating harmful coal ash, the Sierra Club called for a shift to renewable energy sources.
To be closed in June 2012 are the Elrama plant on the shores of the Mon River in northern Washington County, followed in April 2015 by the Shawville plant in Clearfield County and the Newcastle plant in Lawrence County. Three other plants are in the eastern part of the state, two in Ohio, and one in New Jersey. (more…)