Utility for Tahoe area divesting of coal power, but expects to save money
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The utility that delivers electricity to 49,000 customers in California in the Tahoe-Truckee area is removing coal from its power portfolio.
The Lake Tahoe News reports that Liberty Utilities has announced an agreement to eliminate power from a coal-fired plant in Nevada. Liberty seeks to buy and operate two solar plants that can together produce a maximum 65 megawatts and, if that is unavailable when needed, from other renewable sources.
The company expects to save $200,000 a year.
This doesn’t mean the end of fossil fuels for Tahoe-Truckee customers, however. Natural gas was doing the heavy lifting as of last September, providing 52 percent of electricity, followed by 22 percent from renewables, 4 percent hydro, and 1 percent nuclear. Coal provides 20 percent until replaced by the added solar and other renewables.
N0te: This story was amended to correct an overstatement of the amount of money that Liberty will save by divesting of its coal o.