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1 of New Jersey’s last coal-powered plants shuts down

May 1, 2019

UPPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey’s last coal-powered plants has closed.

Upper Township Mayor Rich Palombo told the Press of Atlantic City that the B.L. England plant closed Wednesday.

The mayor estimated the plant employed about 70 people. It operated only when demand was at its peak.

The plant’s closure comes as lower natural gas prices crowd the market and as Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy pushes for carbon-free sources of energy.

The plant was slated to be converted to handle natural gas as part of a plan to build a 22-mile pipeline in southern New Jersey. But those plans were scuttled when the plant’s owner, RC Cape May Holdings, decided not to convert the generating station.

Carney’s Point Cogen in Salem County and Logan Generating Plant in Gloucester County also use coal.