Amid coal plant closures, coal mines open (but not for electricity)Enlarge / Railroad tracks sit in front of mounds of coking coal piled behind a barbed wire fence at the AK Steel Holding Corp. mill in Middletown, Ohio, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images)
On Friday, just a day after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL) said that it would retire five coal-burning electricity generating units and one natural gas-burning unit (the natural gas unit originally burned coal but had been converted).

The generating units, all of which are more than 50 years old, are spread among three different power plants and constitute 900 MW of capacity, according to EE News.

The coal-fired units will all be retired by December 31, 2018, and the natural gas-fired one will be retired by December 31, 2019.
In its press release announcing the decision, KCPL said it didn’t anticipate needing any new capacity for several years, and renewable energy is cheaper.
The company wrote:
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