Ontario closes coal-fired power plant

Ontario has closed another coal-fired power plant and is on pace to be the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity, according to the province’s Ministry of Energy.

The province announced it has ceased burning coal at the Lambton Generating Station earlier this week, leaving Nanticoke Generating Station as the last coal-fired facility in Southern Ontario. The Nanticoke station is scheduled to stop burning coal at the end of 2013.

The province has committed to end coal generation by the end of 2014, and closing the Lambton and Nanticoke plants one year ahead of schedule will save ratepayers $95 million from reduced maintenance and project costs, according to the Ontario Ministry of Energy.

By the end of 2013, Ontario will have shut down 17 of its 19 coal-fired units, with the remaining two units to be shut down by the end of 2014.

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