Columbia's century-old power plant halts burning coal

4 years 11 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, September 29 2015 Sep 29, 2015 Tuesday, September 29, 2015 1:38:48 PM CDT September 29, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Columbia's century-old first power plant is out of the coal business.

The Columbia Missourian reported the city's Municipal Power Plant burned its last load of coal on Sept. 22.

The plant's two previously coal-fired boilers join a growing number of small, aging coal-fired units across the country that have stopped burning the fossil fuel, largely because of tighter environmental regulations on emissions.

A third boiler will continue to burn natural gas as the plant considers pivoting to burning waste wood, a renewable fuel.

Coal still will supply the vast amount of Columbia's electricity through contracts with larger coal plants elsewhere.

Columbia Water and Light's Connie Kacprowicz says the plant's two coal-fired boilers simply were old, inefficient and costly to upgrade to meet EPA standards.

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