Settlement Will Close 780-MW Illinois Coal Plant by End of 2022
The 780-MW E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant in Illinois will close by the end of 2022 in a settlement of a six-year-old lawsuit approved Nov. 13 by a federal court. Under the agreement, Vistra Energy will provide $8.6 million for job training for plant employees and environmental and public health projects. “The lawsuit is indicative of the difficult environment, legal and political challenges our coal plants face in Illinois,” Vistra CEO Curt Morgan said in a statement. Environmentalists tout the terms of the settlement as a road map for other communities facing plant closure, with its key components for transition to support new clean energy projects.