Coal is on the ropes – 3 articles

This Inside Climate News article discusses how the state of Washington commits to 100% clean energy. At least six other states are considering similar legislation to fight climate change by shutting down coal power and ramping up renewable energy. In the absence of federal action on climate change, more states are setting ambitious targets to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Washington became the latest on Tuesday when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2045.

This article discusses how Britain has gone a week without coal power for the first time since the Industrial Revolution. Britain has gone a week without burning any coal to make electricity – the first coal-free week since 1882.

The last article discusses a novel approach being used by Illinois to quitting coal. NRG Energy Inc., Illinois’ second-largest coal plant owner, wants coal units to be eligible for payments by converting to natural gas or even shutting down under a broader utility plan to help slash carbon emissions. A coal bail-out.

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