Chicago's electricity deal booted coal, a big deal to be sure, but it isn't bullish on wind and solar. Some analysts think the deal could do more to promote renewable energy and provide economic benefits in the process.
The last barge carrying coal to Pilsen’s Fisk Power Plant lumbered up the Chicago canal in late August, dumping a final 1,500 tons of coal to burn in a community whose members were more than happy to see their industrial neighbor go.
It’s been 12 years since residents in a small Indiana town learned their well water had been contaminated. EPA cleanup is crawling forward, but some deeply involved in the cleanup deny there’s a problem.
Neighborhood and environmental activists are celebrating as Chicago’s last two coal-fired electricity plants enter a three-month decommissioning phase. But the closings are leaving dozens of Midwest Generation workers without a job.