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Even in Coal Country, Trump Aid Won’t Keep This Power Plant Open

  • Vistra to retire Northeastern Power plant at end of this year
  • U.S. coal production flat as number of plants are closing
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Vistra Energy Corp. plans to close another money-losing coal plant this year despite the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up the ailing fossil-fuel industry.

This one is a 51-megawatt coal plant in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where anthracite, or “hard” coal, was discovered in the 18th Century. Vistra’s Luminant unit notified grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC of its plans to close the Northeastern Power plant in McAdoo in late 2018, according to a statement Friday. The plant began operating in 1989.