Transitioning off Coal to Clean Energy
The TransAlta Centralia coal plant is Washington’s largest single source of air pollution. Working in coalition, WEC helped come up with an agreement to phase out the power plant between 2020 and 2025. As a result, 10 million tons of CO2 will be eliminated annually, putting our state one step closer to a truly coal-free Washington. A $55 million fund was also established to support the local community during this transition, as well as a requirement TransAlta install certain pollution controls prior to shutting down the boilers. This campaign helped jumpstart the fight against coal export terminals by developing a grassroots base for coal issues.