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Coal-Fired Power Plant in Southeast Kansas to be Demolished

A snapshot of planned plant retirements, including the EIA’s May 2017 update, provides the latest data as of March 2017.

As an example of a recent retirement, Empire District Electric Co. plans to demolish its coal-fired power plant near Riverton, Kansas, sometime this month.

The Joplin Globe reports the company isn't announcing the date of the demolition because it doesn't want to attract crowds.

On June 8, Empire said the $6.5 million project will demolish three units of the plant. The demolition comes after the utility opened its natural gas-powered generating unit in 2016.

The parts of the plant being razed were all constructed around 1950. They were converted from coal-burners to natural gas in 2012 and retired in 2014 and 2015.

Blake Martens, vice president of electric operations, says the natural gas unit is more efficient and uses cleaner fuel.

Empire says the demolition is not expected to cause any service interruptions.


Source: Electric Power Monthly, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Fuel Source 

 Number of Retirements

 Total MW

Coal  55  13,940
Hydroelectric  34  291
Natural gas  143  11,776
Nuclear  5  3,891
Oil  37  1,124
Other  2  3
Other biomass  21  11
Solar  3  3
Wind   4  47
Wood 4 41




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