Energy giant says it plans to build 1,200 gigawatts of coal-fired plants
BYRON, N.J. (AP) The utility giant said Wednesday it plans on building 1,400 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-burning plants, more than twice the amount of plants it has currently under construction.
Utility spokesman Dave Cote says that includes 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and other renewable energy projects.
Coal-fired power plants have been a growing source of carbon dioxide emissions because they burn more coal and emit more greenhouse gases.
Coalfields that are under construction have been under fire by environmental groups, which say they do not meet air quality standards.
The company is also working on a $300 million carbon capture and storage project at a site in western New Jersey.
(Full story)Coal is an inefficient fuel, but a majority of coal plants have now been built.
The federal government has also imposed new restrictions on new coal plants in order to curb climate change.