Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) said it will stop burning coal at six units in three of its coal-fired power plants.
The utility said it will end the use of coal at the 96-MW Lake Road 6, the 170-MW Montrose 1, 164-MW Montrose 2 and the 176-MW Montrose 3; and the 48-MW Sibley 1 and 51-MW Sibley 2 units in order to comply with recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission requirements. Lake Road 6 already has the ability to burn natural gas and will switch to that by 2016. Montrose 1 is scheduled to close at the end of 2016; the Sibley units will shut down at the end of 2019 and Montrose 2 and 3 will close at the end of 2021.
KCP&L said it was more cost effective to shut down the smaller units in order to comply with environmental regulations instead of retrofitting them. Employees at the plants will have opportunities within the company.
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