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Coal to gas conversion will save 40 jobs at New Castle power plant

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NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania  - A coal-fired Lawrence County power plant will begin burning natural gas instead of shutting down.

NRG Energy executives revealed on Monday, that the company plans to convert the 60-year-old plant that had been slated to shut down in April 2015.

21 News reported in March of last year that the plant's previous owner, GenOn Energy Inc., of Houston, had announced that the plant was one of five coal-fired Pennsylvania operations under tougher federal environmental rules that make it more expensive to operate coal-fired plants.

Instead, the plant has been sold to Princeton, N.J.-based NRG, which hopes to convert the plant to natural gas-burning by May 2016.

Company spokesman Dave Gaier told the Associated Press that the move will save all 40 full-time jobs at the plant, and could create up to 100 temporary construction jobs during the conversion process.


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