Evergy moves up timeline to close coal-fired plants

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Evergy officials say the utility plans to close two coal-fired plants in the next nine years as part of its effort to reduce its use of fossil fuels.

The company said in a report to regulators filed Friday that it will close its coal-fired plant near Lawrence by the end of 2023.

The plant is the utility’s oldest, with some units dating back to the 1960s.

Evergy also will close Unit 3 of the Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys, Kansas, in 2030, rather than 2039 as originally expected.

Evergy’s plan is to reduce its carbon emissions by 70% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2045.

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