Indiana’s just transition away from coal

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The Utilities District of Western Indiana-Rural Electric Co-Op recently announced that it was closing the Merom Generating Station, Indiana’s fifth-biggest power plant, in 2023. In light of this and other inevitable closures around the state, Indiana has dug its heels into the ground by passing House Bill 1414.

The bill, which makes it more difficult for utilities to close down coal-fired power plants, is emblematic of Republican anxieties surrounding the coal industry’s recent economic plight; they fear that a premature shift to allegedly unreliable clean energy would be risky for a state that gets 70 percent of its electricity from coal-burning plants. 

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