Pollution controls don’t prove as costly as critics forecast | Times Free Press

America’s biggest public utility has completed the closing and cleanup of its aging fleet of coal plants to comply with clean air requirements and has done so while keeping power rate increases below the rate of inflation.

When the Tennessee Valley Authority reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups in 2011 to clean up its power generation, coal industry advocates warned closing fossil plants would push up power rates and cut jobs in TVA’s seven-state region.

But over the past seven years, TVA managed instead to phase out more than half of the 59 coal-fired units it once operated — and install scrubbers and other pollution controls on some of its biggest remaining coal plants — without any major rate increase.

via Pollution controls don’t prove as costly as critics forecast | Times Free Press

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