As PacifiCorp and other analyses point to more coal shutdowns, replacement questions rise

Utility Dive: The economics of coal took another hard hit in Oregon on Dec. 3.

A report to the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (OPUC) from PacifiCorp confirmed that the bulk of its coal units cost more to run than to close and replace. The analysis joins a host of other analyses finding, among other things, that despite White House efforts to support coal, consumption is decreasing and the fuel is no longer a cost-effective option.

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