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.
This story was amended to correct an overstatement of the amount of money that Liberty will save by divesting of its stake in coal.