Settlement with environmental group means that most of Wabash power plant will close.
Duke Energy’s legal settlement with the Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Save the Valley and Valley Watch, means that Duke Energy’s coal-fired power units at the Wabash River Station in West Terre Haute will shut down by mid- 2018.
That’s a total of 668 megawatts of power fired by coal from here in the Midwest.
The Sierra Club agreed to drop objections against the Duke Edwardsport plant in exchange for retirement of most of the Wabash Plant.
Duke had already announced the retirement of the units by 2015 due to federal mercury rules.
Unit 6 will be converted to natural gas.
Duke will also start contracting to buy some power from renewable sources such as solar and wind farms.