Northern Indiana Public Service Co. affirmed plans in early November to transition its largely coal-burning generating fleet to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, over the next decade to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90%. About a year ago, the NiSource Inc. subsidiary disclosed it might move up planned retirement dates for its 1,780-megawatt (MW) R.M. Schahfer coal plant near Wheatfield, Indiana, and 480-MW Michigan City coal plant to 2023 and 2028, respectively. Coal industry and other local officials urged the Merrillville-based utility to reconsider, citing actions by the pro-coal Trump administration to ease the regulatory burden on coal plants that had been imposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the eight-year reign of former President Barack Obama.
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