The following is a collection of ash pond news from June 2021. The intent of the newsletter is to summarize news regarding ash pond closure activities, lawsuits filed against utilities relating to their ash ponds, as well as regulatory changes impacting ash pond operations or closures.
This downloadable newsletter provides resources and explanations of ash pond news concerning a number of topics, including:
- US coal-fired power generation capacity has been steadily declining in recent years, as utilities and plant owners retire coal-fired units in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and due to economic competition from gas and renewable energy resources.
- Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) retired its last coal-fired power plant, the 400-MW Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit 3 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, earlier in June.
- In southern Illinois, a coalition is asking Governor Pritzker for more time to make the transition to new energy sources in a way that protects the workers and taxpayers.
- TerraPower Company, owned by Bill Gates, will work with the State of Wyoming to build a Natrium reactor nuclear power plant, together with the US Department of Energy and PacifiCorp.