Coal plants already announcing shutdowns ahead of Obama admin’s regulations

posted at 8:01 pm on July 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

That’s really the goal, of course, of the Obama administrations incoming regulations. The hardcore eco-radicals will openly admit that, yes, a “war on coal” is precisely what’s needed to accomplish their goals, and that they do want to forcibly remove the coal industry from America’s (and someday, the world’s) energy scheme; but the Obama administration will deny the “war on coal” charge all day long, insisting that, why no, what we really want is just to nudge coal to become more clean and efficient, and eventually support a slow and steady shift in our energy scheme’s proportions as we begin to tackle this regrettably obstreperous problem of climate change.

That’s precisely why they made a point last week of very loudly announcing their plans to directly contribute $8 billion to an initiative to adapt these fossil-fuel “technologies to use them cleanly and more efficiently” as a crucial component of their supposed “all of the above” energy policy. Obama “expects fossil fuels, and coal specifically, to remain a significant contributor for some time,” his new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz pointedly told reporters recently. Riiiiiight.

But in anticipation of his administration’s plans to regulate the heck of out both new and existing power plants, at least several coal plant have already announced forthcoming shutdowns. Here’s one instance:

FirstEnergy Corp will shut two coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania by Oct. 9 due to weak power prices and the high cost of complying with stricter environmental rules, the company said on Tuesday.

In a federal filing, FirstEnergy said it would recognize an impairment charge of about $488 million ($321 million after tax) in the second quarter of 2013 for the shutdowns.

The plants are Hatfields Ferry in Masontown and Mitchell in Courtney, FirstEnergy said in a release. It expects the shutdown of the two plants to affect about 380 employees.

Together, the company said the plants could generate 2,080 megawatts, about 10 percent of its total capacity. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

FirstEnergy said it would cost about $275 million to install the equipment at the two plants to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

And, oh look, here’s another:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 11, 2013 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) announced today that it expects to retire its 585-megawatt (MW) coal-fueled Muskingum River Plant Unit 5 in Beverly, Ohio, in 2015.

AEP reached an agreement with other parties in February to modify the company’s 2007 New Source Review Consent Decree and give AEP the option to retire Muskingum River Unit 5 or refuel it with natural gas. Due to the cost of compliance with environmental regulations and current market conditions, AEP has determined that it is unlikely to make the capital investment to refuel the unit. …

The company previously announced its intent to retire Muskingum River Units 1-4 (840 MW) in 2015. Approximately 95 employees working at Muskingum River Plant Units 1-5 will be impacted.

And get ready for more shutdowns and job losses, because that almost certainly won’t be the last of them.


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That face, I wanna bitchslap it, wipe that smarmy look right off it.

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM

The look on that face, I want to wipe it off… pronto…

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Obama don’t care who he hurts so long as he keeps his pals and base happy as pigs in shite, and screws the rest of us…

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

The 800 foot plus stack in the ATL is down. Neat the way they took it down. Dropped the bricks into the stack until it was full. Four big natural gas turbines up and running. It came down fairly quickly.

Bmore on July 11, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I forget how the mechanism works exactly, by impairment charges get recognized very quickly in rates. What that means in plain English is that Ohio utility costs are about to go through the roof, so that AEP and First Energy can recover the capital losses and start using the money for new plant construction. Welcome to government by fiat.

MTF on July 11, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Only if and when most of us producers “shrug” will the country ever have a chance to survive …

Where is John Galt?

ShainS on July 11, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Anyone really surprised?

mrscullen on July 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

The man is killing the country with a thousand cuts.

His mission is being accomplished.

FOWG1 on July 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

…it’s good for unemployment!

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

…Together, the company said the plants could generate 2,080 megawatts, about 10 percent of its total capacity. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

Once they shut down, where is the power coming from eh?

Windmills? Buahhhhhh yeah right…

I hope the winter in 2015 is a right cold one…

I want to hear the libs crying out for heat!!

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I’m so sick of being lied to. This is a great 3:45 demonstration of how duped our population has become through the constant repetition of the climate change lie.

Harbingeing on July 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

But how will the nutters run their electric cars?

myrenovations on July 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Shyte. Pretty soon we´ll ALL be surfing the web by candlelight. Link. Shoot me.

james hooker on July 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Liberal Idiocy…

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

The war on the middle class continues unabated. I detest these mofos.

totherightofthem on July 11, 2013 at 8:13 PM

if i recall correctly, there will be roughly 27Gw of capacity shut down in the next 10 years.

now that’s baseload power. Unlike barry’s windmill, solar and soccer ball power it will actually power homes 24/7

somehow this county has decided that in exchange for free stuff today that the morons/leftists/elites can sell them into penury tomorrow.

otoh, Shep Smith makes 8M per year…and Jay-Z and his wife make 80M per year…so it’s okay. They got theirs, chumps

r keller on July 11, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Where is U.S. coal going?

In 2012, the largest destination for U.S. coal exports was the Netherlands, followed by the United Kingdom. The European Union accounted for 45 percent of U.S. 2012 coal exports by volume. China was the third largest destination, and Asia accounted for 26 percent of 2012 American coal exports.

Since 2000, annual U.S. coal exports to Canada have dropped by more than 10 million metric tons, while exports to the Netherlands, the U.K., China, and South Korea have at least tripled. Rising European coal imports are driven largely by natural gas price disparities and low carbon prices in the E.U. emissions trading system (ETS). China switched from net international coal exports to imports in 2009, and now serves as the world’s largest coal-importing country. In 2012 China imported 235 million metric tons of coal — more than double total U.S. 2012 coal exports. Long-term demand drivers suggest continued growth of Chinese coal imports. In 2012, the U.S. was the 8th largest source of Chinese coal imports behind Indonesia, Australia, Mongolia, Russia, Vietnam, South Africa, and North Korea.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census. Note: The figure lists the volume of 2012 U.S. coal exports by destination country in million metric tons. The 26 countries with imports of at least 500,000 metric tons are labeled; in 2012 the U.S. exported coal to 76 countries.

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Oh, look: skyrocketing energy prices heading our way…

Kensington on July 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM

” If Obama Continues to Adopt Regulations Coal Power Could Cease to Exist

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s remarks today, following is a statement from Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE):

“This is going to be a legacy issue for the President, a legacy of higher energy costs, lost jobs, and a shattered economy.”

“The coal-fueled electricity industry has demonstrated its commitment to the environment by investing more than $100 billion, so far, to produce cleaner electricity, and the industry will invest another $100 billion to reduce its environmental footprint even further over the next 15 years.

“If the Obama administration fails to recognize the environmental progress the industry has made and continues to adopt more regulations, coal power could cease to exist which would be devastating for our economy.”

http://www.americaspower.org/

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

China is building one coal fired plant every week.

CoffeeLover on July 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I can only hope that living in the Stone Age will be more fun that it sounds, because when these fanatics are through, I’m afraid that’s where we’ll all find ourselves…

cynccook on July 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Good thing I’m not CEO of a power company. I’d be contributing to Mother Nature with rolling brownouts of liberal enclaves in the area my company served. A year of that would fix their wagon.

Liam on July 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Mmmmm, have I mentioned lately he’s the DOTUS?

Destroyer of the United States.

Divider of the United States.

Demeaner of the United States.

Desecrator of the United States.

…….and he’s just doing fine at it thanks to his Progressive buddies in the gop leadership.

PappyD61 on July 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Harbingeing on July 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Thanks for posting the video :)

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

AEP reached an agreement with other parties in February to modify the company’s 2007 New Source Review Consent Decree and give AEP the option to retire Muskingum River Unit 5 or refuel it with natural gas. Due to the cost of compliance with environmental regulations and current market conditions, AEP has determined that it is unlikely to make the capital investment to refuel the unit. …

We know this song-and-dance here in South Central Ohio.

A few years ago, the Sonoco company had a paper recycling plant here in Lancaster that had operated since the 1970s. When The One’s minions took over, the federal EPA rode in and told them they’d have to completely rebuild the plant to meet federal emissions regulations- which they had just passed inspection on in 2007.

Sonoco dutifully hired a contractor to make the changes, spending two months and about $15M in the process. Then, EPA comes in again, and demands more changes, with an estimated cost of $25M.

At this point, somebody involved (I suspect the Ohio state EPA) tipped the company off that no matter what they did, the feds were never going to let them reopen the plant. But they wanted them to keep pouring money into it, because the work was being done by…out-of-state union labor. Plus, at least some of the granola-and-bean-sprouts crowd were hoping it would bankrupt the company.

At that point, Sonoco basically said “blow this for a game of soldiers”, shut the plant down, laid off everyone who worked there, and started looking for a contractor to demolish it and sell the land for them.

No doubt to the sounds of popping champagne corks at the federal EPA.

Moral; EPA has the power to shut down almost anything. And they love using that power, especially if they can bleed the owners dry in the process.

I don’t believe this attitude began there when The One’s rule began. I do believe that He informed them that they no longer had to worry about any blowback, no matter what they did.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 11, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Coal, a nonrenewable fossil fuel, is used to generate 77.87 percent of the electricity in Ohio. Coal is burned to produce heat, which converts water into high-pressure steam. The steam turns the blades of a turbine that is connected to a generator. The generator spins and converts mechanical energy to electricity

It will be sad for all my neighbors with the Obama stickers on their Priuses when car no go no more. :(

cynccook on July 11, 2013 at 8:24 PM

“If the Obama administration fails to recognize the environmental progress the industry has made and continues to adopt more regulations, coal power could cease to exist which would be devastating for our economy.”

That’s his whole point and agenda there workingclass…

He don’t give a rat’s patooty…

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Another good environmental post, Erica. Do you have an environmental studies background of some sort?

Jackalope on July 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Coal plants already announcing shutdowns ahead of Obama admin’s regulations

Uh, I believe several plants have already shut down over the last few years?

The de-industrialization of American continues.

As time goes on I view the NWO truthers as being less and less kooky-well, some of them are kooky, but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong. LOL

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I had someone seriously tell me a couple days ago that ocean waves would solve our energy problems. Yes, an Obama voter.

vityas on July 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Do they count these as jobs created or jobs saved?

Flange on July 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Right on. Penn and Ohio went for the Dog Eating Shathead last time around, yes, so let them get what they wanted good and hard. I have zero sympathy for dolts who heard it directly from the jackasses mouth and yet still voted for him; reap what you sow.

Bishop on July 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Jackalope on July 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Campbell County is all behind Obama.

*snort*

BigWyo on July 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Heh, heh – here’s hoping some of those food stamp, welfare takers freeze to death…..

redguy on July 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Breaking…….

gop leadership betraying American people and its sovereign borders…..

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/310591-house-gop-crafting-gop-version-of-dream-act

TRAITORS all of them!!!

PappyD61 on July 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

“As a liberal I’m so very very happy that we finally destroyed the dirty energy companies.”

-Yeah, so…uh…where will you get the power for your new Macbook and your espresso machine?

“From the wall outlet, you stupid conservative thug! Duh!”

Bishop on July 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on July 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

The look on that face, I want to wipe it off… pronto…

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Apparently Boehner and McConell and the boys love his action.

arnold ziffel on July 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

looks like the ag industry got a sweet deal from the Rs today.

Supporters of this farm-only farm bill wasted the golden opportunity that separation could have provided: the ability to promote policies that benefit taxpayers, farmers, and consumers in a fiscally responsible way. With the passage of this bill, the House has gone even further to the left than the Senate bill. It would spend more money than Obama on the largest farm program, crop insurance.

yum, yum…more taxpayer Money…sweet! This is why imho we have a center-left business party, and a wacko-left party.

if you are not at the table, you are the main course…isn’t that what DC wisdom is…get on board boys!!

r keller on July 11, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Unions told them to vote for Barry & they did. Let them eat cake.

RdLake on July 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM

arnold ziffel on July 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

They are all Barclays Bankers… ;)

And Tossers to boot!

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

We are supplied by First Energy, so i guess this means higher prices…wonderful.

Oh, but Obama cares about the working man.

All Obama has done is wipe out every cent of extra income i had, in fact i make less money now than i did when he was elected.

I seem to rely more on credit cards than ever.

Ive never seen a President hurt the American people on purpose before.

Yet half the country still loves the guy.

America has a festering boil on its face and half our citizens look in the mirror and scream “YAY!, i think its gotten bigger!…and its not going away for 3 1/2 years, Im so lucky”

alecj on July 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Quite frankly, if we’re going to start shutting down power plants, the power industry needs to use strategy.

By that, I mean they should start shutting down power plants that supply the Wash D.C. metro area first. That way, when electric bills skyrocket and brownouts occur, it hits the ones who made it happen….first.

Hey there, DC….want us to keep that electricity flowing? You bet….we’re buying it from Colorado, and the transfer costs will be added to your bill.

Ken Lay is screaming to get out of the box to show’em how to do it.

BobMbx on July 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Unions told them to vote for Barry & they did. Let them eat cake.

RdLake on July 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Exactly. I don’t feel sorry for the unemployed that voted for this a-hole. At least they can get 99 weeks of “funemployment”

irishinfidel on July 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

a) Leave the White House by helicopter;
b) Leave the White House by limo;
c) Leave the White House on foot; or

d) All of the above.
Just freakin’ go organize someone else’s community.

VastRightWingConspirator on July 11, 2013 at 8:48 PM

They are all Barclays Bankers… ;)

And Tossers to boot!

Scrumpy on July 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

McConell’s call sign is Wanker one six, Boehner’s Wanker two six. McCain’s is Maverick 5150—-CA talk for psych hold.

arnold ziffel on July 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

How much of the coal shutdown is because of the availability of inexpensive natural gas from fracking?

Also, I believe there are limitations on coal’s ability to export.

Plus the regulatory burdens . . .

phillypolitics on July 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM

And they wonder why the jobs numbers suck. This group is not real bright.

CW on July 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

We know this song-and-dance here in South Central Ohio.

A few years ago, the Sonoco company had a paper recycling plant here in Lancaster that had operated since the 1970s.

eon on July 11, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Whoa – My Dad (WLW)was the big-cheese plant manager at that facility back during the ’80′s and ’90′s, till he retired and moved back to Hartsville SC. My brother even worked there for him as well. He really liked the people there, and will be sad to hear what happened.

Harbingeing on July 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Harbingeing on July 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM

After I was medically retired, I used to do a weekly “paper run” to the plant, with the money going to a local nurses’ training program supported by the Society de Femme, the women’s auxiliary of the local Forty-and-Eight. That’s how I know the details of the situation.

In fact, that weekly run was on Tuesday morning. Including the morning of 9/11/2001.

Yes, I was following the attacks on my car radio for the most part. My VCR at home was taping it off of Fox News.

I still have that tape.

cheers

eon

eon on July 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

BobMbx on July 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Do you know what is ironic? George Washington initiated the building of the C&O Canal in order to bring coal (and other goods) from western Maryland for power generation to the DC area since the Potomac was not navigable.

This past spring I heard a tour guide and expert on the canal crow about the shuttering of a large coal-fired electrical generation plant along the canal and bragged later about an eyesore solar-power field barely hidden by trees and taking up scads of property. What a waste!

onlineanalyst on July 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM

That’s really the goal, of course, of the Obama administrations incoming regulations. The hardcore eco-radicals will openly admit that, yes, a “war on coal” is precisely what’s needed to accomplish their goals, and that they do want to forcibly remove the coal industry from America’s (and someday, the world’s) energy scheme; but the Obama administration will deny the “war on coal” charge all day long, insisting that, why no, what we really want is just to nudge coal to become more clean and efficient, and eventually support a slow and steady shift in our energy scheme’s proportions as we begin to tackle this regrettably obstreperous problem of climate change.

Erika Johnsen

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What’s really being accomplished (and was the goal, all along) is a weakened United States.

listens2glenn on July 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

The voters in the two PA counties where the shutdowns were announced voted for Romney over barryO. Same with the town in Ohio, all Romney majorities.

lonestar1 on July 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Oh, look: skyrocketing energy prices heading our way…

Kensington on July 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM

.
You left a certain word out of that: “necessarily.”

listens2glenn on July 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Interestingly enough, my PA representative, Tim Murphy (R) sent out a newsletter that spells out how the EPA regulations have cost (and will continue to cost) local jobs and harass/burden homeowners and contractors.

In part, he says this about the consequential damages of the 140 rules and regulations on coal that have been proposed in the last four years:

The new regulations threaten to cost the economy 180,000 jobs each year and increase electric bills between 30 and 40% according to an analysis by National Economic Research Associates. The damage will be particularly severe in the region (Southwestern PA), which is home to the Pittsburgh Coal Seam, the most extensive coal bed in the Appalachian Basin.

More than 41,000 make a living from Pennsulvania coal, including at mines such as Bailey, Cumberland, Emerald, and Enlow Fork in Greene and Washington Counties. Along with related supply chain and service industries that employ machinists, haulers, and boilermakers, coal adds $7.5 billion to the state’s economy and 44% of the state’s electricity to power homes and factories according to the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvanis.

Murphy has a number of oversight reviews and sponsorships of legislation to halt the damage of the EPA. May he gain more sponsors for his good efforts.

Obysmal is destroying this nation from within.

onlineanalyst on July 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Right on. Penn and Ohio went for the Dog Eating Shathead last time around, yes, so let them get what they wanted good and hard. I have zero sympathy for dolts who heard it directly from the jackasses mouth and yet still voted for him; reap what you sow.

Bishop on July 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Yeah, but they’ll be the first on O’s list to get food stamps next time around, so they will peobably cote for him again :)…there,, win-win :)

jimver on July 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Vote…

jimver on July 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Right on. Penn and Ohio went for the Dog Eating Shathead last time around, yes, so let them get what they wanted good and hard. I have zero sympathy for dolts who heard it directly from the jackasses mouth and yet still voted for him; reap what you sow.

Bishop on July 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

The state did, sadly the small counties where the plants are located and most other rural areas did not vote for barryO. PA was won in Philly, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh. Same in Ohio, the urban decayed cities carried barryO.

lonestar1 on July 12, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Don’t worry. DC will get first dibs on the power generated.

acyl72 on July 12, 2013 at 7:28 AM

brownouts……….just in time for the NFL season, The coal companies are fighting back in this “war on coal”. The Low info voters of ObamaVille will be able to understand brownouts on 3rd and goal………and whose fault that is.

sbark on July 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM