CoolPass Inc.: Washington State to shut down high emitting coal burning power plant.

Washington State’s senate has approved legislation to shut down a coal burning power plant responsible for 10% of the state’s carbon emissions.
March 10, 2011 - PRLog -- CoolPass sources report that the senate recently voted 36 to 13 in favor of the bill, which is expected to get Assembly approval and be signed into law by the state’s governor in the next few days.

The bill will force power firm TransAlta to close the first boiler of the plant in 2020 and the second in 2025.

The 1.376 Mw coal burning facility, the only one of its kind in the state, is responsible for 10% of the state’s annual carbon emissions, CoolPass was informed by the Washington Department of Ecology.

TransAlta, the owner of the power facility will be allowed in the meantime to sell coal generated electricity under long-term contracts within Washington, something it was previously barred from doing.

Those sales “will give the company the financial stability needed to transition to a cleaner source of energy”, Washington’s Governor Chris Gregoire informed CoolPass

TransAlta, which agrees with the new bill, has previously said it intends to replace the plant with a natural gas burning facility, which will emit less greenhouse gasses.

The state of Washington has set a goal of reducing its CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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