Omaha power company will shut 3 coal fired power plants, by mid 2016. Two more will be converted to natural gas in 5 to 10 years. The company says this is because the customers want it this way.
Wow, imagine that, a utility doing what its customers want, there is hope.
Power companies can close these old smokers because electric use is declining a bit. It's the new energy stingy bulbs, appliances, and people are just more careful about waste. I bought a new 42" TV a few days ago, at 5 hours a day it uses only $7 of energy a year, that is so amazing, the ancient artifact I replaced used nearly that much a month.