Coal-powered Indian River Power Plant shutdown delayed

The scheduled June shutdown of Delaware’s only remaining coal-fired power plant, and one of the state’s top polluters, has been delayed at least four years while upgrades to the electrical grid are made.

The ultimate cost of the extension will be passed on to electric customers and could impact Delaware’s clean energy goals.

The Indian River Power Plant has had at least one unit in operation since 1957. Only one of the original four units has been in operation since 2014. 

The future of the power plant, and of Delaware’s energy profile, lies in the hands of a few corporations. NRG, the company that owns the power plant; PJM, the regional grid manager; Delmarva Power Co., which delivers the power to customers; and CONSOL Energy, the corporation overseeing the coal mines that supply the power plant.

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