September 2 Energy News



¶ “Market speeds coal’s demise” • FirstEnergy Corp announced that it will close Pennsylvania’s largest coal-fueled power plant by 2021, along with three smaller plants in Ohio. FirstEnergy tried to blame federal energy policy. But policy makers should note that coal has become uncompetitive, and its economics will not improve. [Scranton Times-Tribune]

Coal-burning power plant (Photo: J David Ake | AP)


¶ “Cerro Pabellón: Taking Geothermal Power to New Heights” • South America’s first and only geothermal power plant, the 48-MW Cerro Pabellón project, sits at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level in Chile’s harsh and remote Atacama Desert. Building and operating a plant in these extreme site conditions was no easy task. [POWER magazine]

¶ “Solar panels are worth considering, say energy experts” • While a decade ago solar energy provided virtually no power, around 840,000 homes in the UK now…

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