Coal's Changing Role
Coal has long been one of the lowest-cost fuels to produce electricity in the United States. Not only has coal provided consumers with reliable, affordable power, it has also spurred economic growth in areas where it is plentiful. Most coal-fired plants are located in coal-producing regions and are important sources of jobs and economic stability.
But the economics of coal-fired generation are changing. Compliance with new environmental regulations will be costly. Nearly 11,000 MW of AEP’s generating capacity will need new or enhanced environmental controls or to be refueled with natural gas by the middle of this decade. Another approximately 5,500 MW of coal-fired units will be retired before or during 2016. Also see our fleet transformation plan.
Tanners Creek Plant, located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, is expected to retire Units 1-3 by the end of 2016 as part of AEP's transformation plan.