Talen to limit, then end coal use at Brunner Island plant in Pennsylvania
Talen Energy will begin to phase out coal burn at its Brunner Island Steam Electric Station in Pennsylvania in five years’ time before ending coal use altogether in 2029, it said.
The utility said it had reached a settlement with the Sierra Club after the environmental group filed a notice of intent to sue earlier in the day over water and air pollution statutes at the York Haven, Pennsylvania, plant.
Under the agreement, Talen will use only natural gas as fuel during the May 1 to September 1 summer ozone season from 2023 onward and will cease all coal burn after December 31, 2028.
The agreement does allow for coal use during the ozone season, subject to limits on annual carbon dioxide and ozone season nitrogen oxide emissions, as well as for coal burn after 2028 during emergencies determined by the PJM Interconnection.
The utility finished a multiyear project to convert all three units of the 1,411-MW plant to dual-fuel coal and natural gas capability in 2017.