Ameren to replace coal plants with gas, renewable energy

Courtesy of Ameren
Courtesy of Ameren

Ameren Missouri plans to expand its electricity generation through wind and natural gas to make up for the loss of two coal plants it will retire within 20 years, and the utility intends to add another 10 megawatts of utility-scale solar by 2016.

Ameren’s generation plan, which it’s required to prepare for regulators every three years, lays out the beginnings of a move away from its traditional reliance on coal power as the fuel faces ever stricter environmental regulations. “We’re looking at retiring about a third of our coal power fleet as they reach end of life,” an Ameren spokesman said.

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