Tahoe utility divests of coal power

Mile-long trains wait to be loaded at the Black Thunder Mine in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. Photo/Allen Best

Mile-long trains wait to be loaded at the Black Thunder Mine in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Photo/Allen Best

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. 

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Allen Best is a Colorado-based journalist. He publishes a subscription-based e-zine called Mountain Town News, portions of which are published on the website of the same name, and also writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
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  2. paul says:

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