“AES Indiana plans to convert two coal-fired units totaling 1,052 MW at its Petersburg power plant to natural gas in 2025, which the utility estimates would be $381 million less expensive over 20 years compared with replacing the generating station with renewable energy and storage.”
Ameren has similar plans for a coal fired power plant in Jefferson Co., MO just south of St. Louis.
Where will they get the gas? Major new pipelines planned? Where from?
In Missouri we are having big problems with emminent domaine to build power lines to transfer wind power electricity across the state to eastern markets. Will the same apply to new gas pipelines? Heavy resistance from the environmental movement. Years in court to get permits.
The article on off-shore wind projects in another thread mentioned the problems in getting environmental permits.