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Why This Coal-Fired Electric Plant in Florida Should Be Closed

The Time Is Right to Retire the 33-Year-Old Mcintosh Unit 3

The aging C.D. Mcintosh Jr. Unit 3 power plant in Lakeland, Fla., should be retired. That’s the inescapable conclusion of a study we published this morning in which we examine the operational costs and performance of the 33-year-old coal-fired plant. It’s not a pretty picture. Unit 3 is not competing very well with other sources […]

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Our Op-Ed in the New York Times: ‘After Bankruptcies, Coal’s Dirty Legacy Lives On’

Costly Effects That Will Haunt Taxpayers, and Consumers, for Years to Come

The bankruptcy filing on Wednesday by Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private- sector producer of coal, is the latest in a series of major coal company collapses that threaten to leave behind a costly legacy that will haunt taxpayers and consumers for years. The abandonment of hundreds of mines over the years led Congress in […]

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Design Flaw Threatens Lakeland Power Plant

Christopher Guinn for the Lakeland Ledger: A flaw built into Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh Unit 3 power plant 34 years ago could lead the utility to close the coal-burning workhorse depending on the cost to fix it, city officials said Tuesday. Of the generator’s 360 devices that limit individual electrical components’ exposure to overloads, 164 are […]

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An ‘Easy and Economical Way’ to Comply With Clean-Air Standards

Matthew Bandyk for SNL: Retiring one of the biggest coal plants owned by two Florida municipal utilities, Lakeland Electric and the Orlando Utilities Commission, would be an easy and economical way to help the utilities get ready for the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, according to an Oct. 1 study from the Institute for Energy […]

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In Florida, a Local Opportunity to Move Away From Coal

Christopher Quinn for the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger: Instead of spending millions of dollars to keep the coal-burning generator operational against the effects of age and increasingly stringent environmental regulations, Lakeland Electric could purchase power other from utilities’ natural gas-fueled plants in the short term while expanding its energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, representatives from […]

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Study Concludes Costly Coal Plant In Lakeland, Fla., Should Be Retired In Favor Of Solar Expansion And Energy-Efficiency Initiatives

IEEFA Sees No Risk to Grid in Closing 33-Year-Old Generator

CLEVELAND, Sept. 30, 2015 (IEEFA.org) —The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) released a report today concluding that Lakeland Electric and the Orlando Utilities Commission should retire the coal-burning C.D. McIntosh Jr. Unit 3 power plant and focus instead on less expensive renewable-energy development and energy-efficiency programs. “The retirement of McIntosh Unit 3 […]

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Why This Coal-Fired Electric Plant in Florida Should Be Closed

The Time Is Right to Retire the 33-Year-Old Mcintosh Unit 3

The aging C.D. Mcintosh Jr. Unit 3 power plant in Lakeland, Fla., should be retired. That’s the inescapable conclusion of a study we published this morning in which we examine the operational costs and performance of the 33-year-old coal-fired plant. It’s not a pretty picture. Unit 3 is not competing very well with other sources […]

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