Zombie Coal Plants Reanimated to Stabilize the Grid

Photo: FirstEnergyA New Life: Electricians work to turn a generator into a synchronous condenser. This conversion, at a decades-old coal plant in Ohio, is likely one of many to come.

Environmental regulations and competition from gas-fired turbines and renewable energy sources are shutting down dozens of older coal-fired power plants across North America and Europe. But some of these aging plants’ induction generators will go on spinning for years after their furnaces and turbines are...

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