Forget EPA Climate Regulations. Cheap Wind Is Already Putting 56 Gigawatts of Coal Plants at Risk

By [email protected] Renewable energy is getting so cheap that it is threatening to force gigawatts of coal plants into early retirement — even without Obama-era climate regulations.

That is one of the takeaways from a new report, Rate-Basing Wind Generation Adds Momentum to Renewables, released last week by Moody’s Investors Service. Although the White House is expected to soon announce the end of the Clean Power Plan — which President Trump has blamed as a culprit in coal’s decline — the power of the market and state-level action may well blunt the impact of the move.

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