One of the 50 dirtiest plants in America, the Big Sandy Coal Plant in eastern Kentucky was retired after a lawsuit by Earthjustice.
Earthjustice challenged a proposal by Big Sandy’s owners to spend nearly a billion dollars on the coal plant, rather than invest in cleaner, cheaper alternatives. The price tag would have been shouldered by Kentucky ratepayers.
Our argument was simple: Even in the heart of coal country, many aging coal plants aren’t economical. With the evidence clear, Big Sandy's owner withdrew its proposal and soon thereafter committed to retire the plant in 2015.
The retirement of Big Sandy became a watershed victory not only in Kentucky, but nationally.
Earthjustice eventually helped negotiate an agreement to double the owner’s investment in energy efficiency and evaluate the addition of clean energy into plans for replacing the plant.
This is one of many aging coal plants we’ve helped shut down, demonstrating that the U.S. can satisfy its power needs with lower cost and cleaner options.
Our Clients & Partners include:
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Sierra Club
Work by Earthjustice’s Clean Energy Program