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First US coal plant in years opens where no options exist

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One way to boost coal in the US: Find a spot near a mine with no access to oil or natural gas pipelines, where it’s not particularly windy and it’s dark much of the year. That’s how the first coal-fired plant to open in the US since 2015 bucked the trend in an industry that’s seen scores of facilities close in recent years. A 17-MW generator, built for $245-million, is set to open in April at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, just 100 miles from the state’s only coal mine.
 
 
 
 
 

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