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Posted at 03:45 AM ET, 08/22/2011

Alexandria envisions future without GenOn coal plant

The GenOn coal-fired power plant in Alexandria. Now there's a plan for what happens when it closes. If it closes. (Gerald Martineau - The Washington Post)
If Alexandria is ever going to oust the GenOn coal-fired power plant before its lease expires in 2100, it needs a plan to replace it, right? So the American Clean Skies Foundation has come up with one, a green mix of residential and business uses that you can read here.

Of course, that doesn’t mean GenOn is going anywhere. The Alexandria Times’s David Sachs reports that GenOn is still operating on behalf of Maryland’s un-beloved Pepco, and any planning for their demise is “premature and fantasy,” a spokeswoman said.

But one study done last month said the plant may not be necessary to the Washington area power grid, and now a second study is underway. A shutdown would be well-received by some Alexandrians. The full story is here.

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Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  GenOn coal plant, Virginia

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