Oldest US coal plant switches to gas

One of the USA’s oldest coal-fired power plants could be switching to gas after tougher environmental laws were introduced, according to reports. Sunbury Generation, owner of the Shamokin Dam plant […]

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By Vicky Ellis

One of the USA’s oldest coal-fired power plants could be switching to gas after tougher environmental laws were introduced, according to reports.

Sunbury Generation, owner of the Shamokin Dam plant in Pennsylvania which has a total capacity of more than 400MW, plans to close five of its six coal generators and instead use gas turbines from 2015, reported the International Business Times.

The plant is likely to be covered by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Toxics Rule announced earlier this month, which puts a national limit on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants.