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How the Premature Retirement of Coal-Fired Power Plants Affects Energy Reliability, Affordability

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Unnamed (1)By Isaac Orr and Fred Palmer, Heartland Policy Study - 

Through regulations, subsidies, and steady demonization, President Obama did all he could to destroy the fossil fuel industry. While PresidentTrump promises to reverse that onerous legacy, word hasn’t reached some state and local regulators, public utility commissioners, and utilities. More than 250 coal-fired power plants in the United States have been retired since 2010 and more are scheduled. By prematurely closing coal-powered generation, regulators are imposing billions and potentially trillions of dollars of unnecessary costs on ratepayers.

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