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Shuttered coal plants still have significant value to their communities – namely, established connections to the power grid and site infrastructure designed for the energy sector. Many could be workable for clean energy projects like solar arrays, battery storage facilities, or low-carbon hydrogen projects. And redeveloping former coal plants can ensure that nearby communities retain jobs and tax revenue during the clean energy transition.
A mix of unique dynamics and challenges requires leaders in Kemmerer, Wyoming to find a balance in the midst of the unknowns after the closure of a coal plant in 2019.