Kansas co-op pulls the plug on planned 895MW Holcomb coal plant addition

first_imgKansas co-op pulls the plug on planned 895MW Holcomb coal plant addition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wichita Eagle:Two companies that battled for more than a decade to expand coal power in Kansas say they’ve abandoned their plans to build a $2.2 billion coal-fired power plant.Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, announced Wednesday that it will let its air permit for a proposed coal-fired plant in Holcomb expire in March, signaling an end to a project that drew criticism from environmentalists. It was first blocked by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2007 and then cleared for construction by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2017.But during that time, coal fell out of favor for environmental and economic reasons. It has been on a decline nationwide for at least a decade as public concerns about coal’s contribution to climate change have risen. At the same time, competing energy sources, such as cheaper natural gas and heavily-subsidized solar and wind energy, have taken off. The Kansas plant would have been the first one brought online in the United States since 2015.Sunflower Electric filed for an 18-month extension with the state on its air permit, which is set to expire on March 27, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment told the company that the permit would lapse at that time if construction had not started. After 15 years and $100 million invested in the coal plant expansion, the company changed its mind Wednesday.Sunflower Electric already operates one plant near Holcomb, and the expansion would have added another 895-megawatts of capacity. Along with its largest development partner, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, more than $100 million was invested in the development plans for the plant, The Eagle reported previously.[Chance Swaim, Jonathan Shorman]More: Kansas energy company abandons plans for $2.2 billion coal power plantlast_img