Huge Coal Fired Power Plant In Pa To Switch To Natural Gas

12.29.11 | Sarah Harnisch

   A northcentral Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant that is one of the nation's oldest could be burning natural gas by 2015, part of a wider shift happening across the United States. The vice president of operations for Sunbury Generation LP told the Daily Item newspaper Wednesday that the move is being driven by toughening federal pollution standards and the high cost of burning coal. The plant's owners plan to close five of its six coal-fired generators and replace them with two natural gas-fired turbines. The plant, which is in Shamokin Dam across the Susquehanna River from Sunbury, began operating in 1949.