New York to phase out coal by 2020 through strict emissions regulations


The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on Thursday adopted regulations that require all power plants to meet strict emissions limits, a move expected to phase out the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants by 2020.

The DEC is also working on proposed regulations that would restrict NOx emissions from power plants meeting peak demand. Combined, the rules would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

New York only has two remaining coal plants: the Somerset Generating Station near Barker and the Cayuga Station in the Finger Lakes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, in December pledged to bring the state to 100% clean energy, including nuclear, by 2040.

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  1. @Editorial Staff

    You said: “a move expected to phase out the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants by 2020″…

    That enormous phasing out task must be well advanced already; because the completion date (by your own assertion) of that monumental task has only 232 days left to run – 1/1/2020!

    Is it possible that you may have made an editorial typo or miscalculation?

    Maybe: but the good news might be that in the event that you have not made a typo or exaggerated your claims (through a bit of creative wordsmithing – heaven forbid): from 1/1/2020 therefore, NOx emissions from the then recently phased out coal fired power plants must then be at zero %. Mission accomplished.

    A huge step for New York – and a gargantuan step for mankind (in a mere 232 days).

    Well reported Utility Dive, a riveting and meaningful read for all of the ordinary mum’s, dads, and young people of the world, interested in the factual matters surrounding the (often not accurately reported) global climate change and greenhouse gasses debate.

    I do recommend though a tad more “academic rigor and a little less editorial flair” be encouraged around important global issues commentary. Ordinary people actually do prefer well presented and cogent factual analysis to fantasy bubbles.

    Lawrence Coomber

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