Bills surfaced in both states that would let utilities refinance uneconomic power plants using ratepayer-backed bonds.
Duke Energy’s long-term generation plan in North Carolina is similar to prior years, forecasting a continued reliance on coal and natural gas into the 2030s. Advocates hope the plan gets more scrutiny from regulators this time around.
In Ohio, though, legal and regulatory barriers prevent renewables from capitalizing on their economic advantage.
Almost seven years after Chicago’s two coal plants closed, the plant sites are significant factors in City Council races in the Feb. 26 election.
Coal fuels almost 75 percent of Indiana’s electricity today and fossil fuels may continue to dominate the state’s power supply for decades unless new policies are enacted, according to a study by university researchers.