In an attempt to reduce carbon emissions, NRG Energy, Inc., a New Jersey-based company, has announced plans to cut operations at one of its two coal plants by April of 2015. The company is also planning to move to natural gas in its Joliet facility.
The company also plans to install emissions control technology in its Waukegan and Pekin plants. NRG gained ownership of the four coal plants in April after buying Midwest Generation.
According to NRG, the closure and other plant adjustments are part of a larger $500 million investment and overall plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a minimum of 60 millions tons each year through 2020.
Last month, state and local officials sent the company a letter calling on NRG to release a "clear plan" for the Waukegan coal plant.
“We look forward to working with NRG Energy here in Lake County to ensure that its plan for the future of the Waukegan coal plant engages community stakeholders and considers the workers, tax base, site and the protection of our air and water,” State Sen. Melinda Bush, (D-Grayslake), said at the time. “NRG has made significant investments in clean energy around the country and we think there are great opportunities to make those same investments here in Waukegan.”