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Vistra Energy planning to close power plants after amended Illinois emissions rules

ILLINOIS (WEEK) – New Illinois rules on emissions will cause shut downs at local power plants. That’s according to a news release from Vistra Energy.

Vistra operates eight local coal-fueled power plants. They said the amended rule in the Multi-Pollutant Standard (MPS) approved new caps on Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxides. For them, that means shutting down about 2,000 megawatts of power capacity.

A spokesperson for Vistra said that means they will have to shut down more than one local plant to meet the new standards.

As soon as the new rule is published in the Illinois Register, Vistra will have 30 days to begin the process of shutting down plants. Right now, the company said they are analyzing which ones will have to close.


Molly Jirasek

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