2 More Western Utilities Move to Close Coal Plants Early, Shifting to Renewables and Storage

By [email protected] Two more utilities in Arizona and Colorado are moving to accelerate closure of coal plants and replace them with renewable energy backed by batteries, joining a broader push in both states to shift to more cost-effective clean energy options even in the absence of state mandates.

Tucson Electric Power on Friday released a long-term energy plan that calls for closing its remaining coal plants by 2032, on the way to 70 percent renewables by 2035. Arizona’s biggest utility, Arizona Public Service, recently announced its own plan to achieve carbon-free energy by 2050, despite a lack of state mandates requiring such

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