Indianapolis Power and Light plans to stop burning coal at Harding Street plant

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Power and Light Company announced on Friday their plans to stop burning coal at the Harding Street plant in 2016.

IPL said they will soon file plans with the Indiana Regulatory Commission to repower the plant on the city’s south side from coal-fired to natural gas. This is part of their overall wastewater compliance plan for its power plants, a release said.

IPL received approval from the IURC in May to convert Harding Street Units 5 and 6 from coal to natural gas. The company says they plan to stop burning coal at the plant in 2016 if plans to convert Unit 7 are approved.

Officials says the plan would reduce IPL’s dependence on coal from 79 percent in 2007 to 44 percent in 2017, making natural gas IPL’s largest fuel generation source.

IPL says the plan would also close the Harding Street coal pile and ash ponds.

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