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Wisconsin utility plans to retire 345 MW of coal early as controversial natural gas plans remain in flux

January 27, 2020

As the costs of maintaining old coal plants outweigh those of building new facilities, more utilities are choosing to retire their coal-fired units in favor of cheaper natural gas and renewables.

“In addition to impacts on employees, many factors were considered when making this decision,” including regional market prices for energy, overall power production costs and the facility’s age, Dairyland spokesperson Deb Mirasola told Utility Dive in an email.

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