On April 15, the Carbon Power Plant finally closed five years earlier than planned. Originally slated for retirement in 2020, the plant was closed early because it couldn’t meet ever-rising EPA emission standards. The plant was not closed because of carbon emissions.
It was rumored that the plant would be saved for emergency power, but a statement from David Eskelsen refutes the claim.
“There are no plans to use Carbon plant for emergency power,” Eskelsen stated. “Decommissioning and reclamation of the plant property is scheduled to begin later this summer and be completed in the fall of 2016. Restoration of the site will continue into 2017.”