Pacific Northwest to Become First Coal-Free Region in U.S.
April 29, 2011
On April 29, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill formalizing a landmark agreement between the state, Sierra Club, and Transalta, that will phase out Washington’s only coal-fired power plant and help transition the state to a clean energy economy. The agreement calls for the retirement of the 1,400-megawatt Centralia plant’s two coal-fired boilers between 2020 and 2025. The agreement also create a $60 million fund that will be invested in the Centralia community to help transition away from reliance on the plant, with a significant portion of the fund dedicated to innovation and new technologies that will help reduce Washington’s carbon pollution. To read more, click here!
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