Toll Beyond Coal Report


September 8, 2020

New SDSG Report on Coal Plant Decommissioning Published

Last week, SDSG published its latest study, “The Toll Beyond Coal: Who Bears the Cost of Coal Plant Decommissioning and Coal Ash Disposal? A Case Study of the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska.” This new report examines how the cost competitiveness of renewable energy and natural gas as well as shifting environmental regulations, like the Coal Combustion Residuals rule, are expediting coal plant closures across the U.S.

In 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law climate and energy legislation designed to help Coloradans combat greenhouse gas emissions. The most prominent among these bills was House Bill 19-1261, a “Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution.” However, municipal utilities serving less than 40,000 meters are not regulated by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Such utilities are therefore not obligated to comply with the renewable energy and emissions standards developed to assist the state in reaching its emissions reduction goals. Yet, these electric customers remain a vital part of the renewable energy transition.

Read the full report here