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  •  WA is getting rid of coal power plants (0+ / 0-)

    Here’s a news story from about a year ago: Deal shuts down state's last coal-fired power plant. Washington state currently has only one coal-fired plant. One of the two boilers there will shut down by 2020 and all coal burning will be gone by 2025. The other sources of electricity in WA are relatively clean (in terms of air pollution): hydroelectric, wind, natural gas, nuclear, etc.

    It seems odd to me that WA is getting rid of coal plants, while they’re making it easier to ship coal to China. I suppose it’s all economics. There are jobs and profits in digging up MT/WY coal and sending it by rail to WA, loading it onto a ship bound for China, and selling it there. Plus, selling shit to China reduces the trade deficit a little bit.

    But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

    by Dbug on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:54:55 PM PST

    •  36% of Puget Sound Energy electricity is from coal (0+ / 0-)

      It may not be burned in the state anymore but it is still being burned somewhere.

      •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
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        James Wells

        WA has a state law that requires electric utilities to disclose how their power was generated. I found this article: The Tale of Two Electrical Outlets, from which I found this graph:

        Apparently PSE gets a bunch of their electricity from a coal-burning plant in Montana (which is the second biggest coal-powered plant west of the Mississippi) and PSE is by far the most coal-dependent utility in WA. 50% of the coal electricity in WA is sold by PSE. The other electric utilities have relatively small percentages from coal.

        But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

        by Dbug on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 12:48:48 AM PST

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        •  Pacific Power (owned by Warren Buffett) (0+ / 0-)

          is as dependent on coal as Puget Sound.  Both companies are partners on the Montana Colstrip coal power plants.

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