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Dozens of US Coal Plant Closures Delayed as Green Energy Shift Slows

  • Supply-chain snarls, reliability issues spur setbacks
  • Renewables projects delayed by solar-panel delivery snags
A coal-fired electrical generation plant in Castle Dale, Utah.

A coal-fired electrical generation plant in Castle Dale, Utah.

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg

As many as 40 US coal-fired power plants that were slated to shut will run for longer than expected, with operators delaying plans to retire them as supply-chain issues and reliability concerns slow the transition to greener energy. 

The plants have almost 17 gigawatts of capacity, and some have pushed back their planned closures by as long as five years, according to Andrew Blumenfeld, director of data analytics at McCloskey by Opis. Consol Energy Inc., one of the largest US coal miners, cited the research in its third-quarter earnings report Tuesday as evidence that demand for coal remains robust.