HELPER, Utah (AP) — In a story Oct. 21 about the shutdown of a Utah power plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date of the shutdown of a coal-fired Rocky Mountain Power plant. The Carbon Power Plant near Helper will close in April 2015, not next year. The story also reported erroneously the extent of Rocky Mountain Power's $1.5 billion investment in emission-control upgrades. The investment also covered upgrades at four Wyoming plants, in addition to two plants in Utah.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Utah utility to retire coal-fired power plant
Federal mercury regulations forcing retirement of coal-fired power plant in Utah
HELPER, Utah (AP) — One of Utah's oldest power plants will close in April 2015 because of new federal limits on mercury emissions, leaving 74 people out of work.
The Carbon Power Plant near Helper will close after 60 years because its location inside a tight canyon doesn't leave enough room for emissions controls that are being required of coal-fired power plants, Rocky Mountain Power said.
The utility would need to add a "bag house" to scrub toxins from exhaust stacks.
Utilities are increasingly turning to cleaner-burning natural gas to make electricity. For now, Utah and its largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power, still rely heavily on coal-fired power.
"There is a regulatory environment that will cause a transition away from coal because of air-quality concerns," David Eskelsen, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power, told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1cN0AH3).
The Carbon plant, small by modern standards, consumes 1,800 tons a day of pulverized coal. A 30-day supply is piled nearby, with 75 truck deliveries arriving daily at the mouth of Price Canyon. The pulverized coal is blown into 90-foot-high boilers to fuel a spinning fireball that heats water in pipes to turn turbines, plant manager Kyle Davis said.
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