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NRG Invests $0.5bn to Cut Carbon Pollution

coal power plantNRG Energy is investing more than half a billion dollars by 2016 to cut carbon pollution from its four coal-fired power plants in Illinois.

The improvements will achieve 56 percent of Illinois’ statewide CO2 reductions called for under President Obama’s proposed carbon pollution standards, the company says.

The Illinois efforts will reduce NRG’s carbon emissions by 16 million tons annually by 2020 and will reduce:

  • carbon dioxide by 60 percent;
  • sulfur dioxide by 90 percent;
  • particulates by 70 percent; and
  • mercury by 53 percent.

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2 thoughts on “NRG Invests $0.5bn to Cut Carbon Pollution

  1. That’s greenwash. NRG is throwing good money after bad so it can keep burning fossil fuel: coal at Waukegan and fracked gas at 2 others. If NRG wants to be known for renewable energy, Crane should put its money where his mouth is, spend this money on renewable energy instead, and close these ancient plants. The Leader should ask how much NRG still should reduce carbon to comply with the carbon standards. Those plants have been putting off required cleanup for years, operating with an expired water pollution permit, with air pollution causing huge health costs and premature deaths, and now they want credit for finally saying they will obey the law? No more air pollution waivers. No more water pollution into Lake Michigan. No more abuse of local communities. We’re ready for renewables. It’s time for NRG to make this right.

  2. If NRG is really devoted to clean energy, as the recent intense PR campaign would suggest, then why is the project (that is partially funded by the DOE), being used to increase oil production in Texas?

    Why not use this captured energy to fuel solar panel manufacturing plants here–to increase jobs here–rather than perpetuate the continued purchase of panels manufactured in China?

    I have spent the last few hours researching NRG as a potential stock purchase. I see the benefit of investing in a diversified energy company, yet I am inclined to forgo investing in NRG, due to its disingenuous PR campaign intent on promoting an image of a company truly invested in a renewable energy future.

    This campaign is a solar smoke screen.

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