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CenterPoint Plan: Stop Burning Coal by 2027

CenterPoint Energy, located on Riverside Drive in Evansville.
CenterPoint Energy, located on Riverside Drive in Evansville.

The company's 20-year plan shifts to solar, wind, and natural gas

CenterPoint Energy has announced its 20-year energy plan, which includes putting an end to burning coal in the Evansville area. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

The Texas-based utility company says it will stop burning coal at its Culley 3 unit in Warrick County by 2027.

That’s the last of CenterPoint’s coal units to be announced for retirement.

The AB Brown plant in Posey County retires this year and Culley 2 in Warrick is slated for retirement in 2025.

CenterPoint also plans to end its agreement with Alcoa to burn coal at Unit 4 of its Warrick coal plant in 2024.

The Sierra Club’s Wendy Bredhold says one of the group’s goals is to phase out coal by 2030 to improve public health and preserve the climate.

She says CenterPoint’s plan “helps reach that goal.”

The company’s plan calls for reducing its 85-percent dependency on coal to 54-percent solar, 27-percent wind, and 19-percent natural gas by 2030.