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Pacifi Corp, in a statement released after the study, said other factors drive fleet decisions, considerations that especially emphasize having a reliable system.
"The study reflects ongoing cost pressures on coal generation driven by market forces and regulatory considerations.
Coal-fired energy in Utah, like elsewhere around the country, is presenting an array of challenges to utility companies.
In Utah, demand for coal at power plants decreased by about 2 million tons in 2016 and remained at that level through 2017, according to a report by the Utah Geological Survey.Although 81 percent of Utah-produced coal stays in state, the ceased consumption of 1.5 million tons at Nevada's Reid Gardner Power Plant, which shut down several units, had its impacts in the Beehive State.Pacifi Corp is not unaware of the increasingly cheap prices of renewable energy and its availability on the market.Utility companies, too, are increasingly making investments in renewable energy.The 2017 Integrated Resource Management Plan for Pacifi Corp called for an investment in solar energy development and adding 1,150 megawatts of new wind resources by the end of 2020.
SALT LAKE CITY — Its own analysis that shows 60 percent of its coal-fired power plant units are more costly to run than shutter is prompting Pacifi Corp to request additional time to review their potential operational life.