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HOW MANY DIRTY COAL-BURNING
PLANTS HAVE WE RETIRED?

DIRTY POWER PLANTS RETIRED

188
down
 
335
to go
Coal Power Plants RetiredCoal Power Plant Smoke
The plants counted here are "planned retirements" plants that have
announced they will retire and have set a specific retirement date.
and there's more:

DIRTY BOILERS RETIRED

542
down
 
732
to go
Retired BoilersGuage needle
Each coal-burning plant is made up of specific number of boilers. Since not all coal plants are the same size, the number tracked here shows the total number of coal boilers in the U.S. that have been announced for retirement.
that means:

DIRTY MEGAWATTS RETIRED

77,747
down
 
265,265
to go
Retired MegawattsMegawatts
An average coal-burning plant is 500 MW which powers roughly 260,000 houses a year.
and that also means:

CLEAN ENERGY MEGAWATTS

46,236
installed
 
568,568
to go
Clean Energy SourcesClean Energy Sources
As old coal plants retire, we're working to make sure that clean energy like wind and
solar will step in to replace them, providing many new jobs for American workers.
 
  1. Numbers are per year, data from the Clean Air Task Force