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Ely coal-fired power plant plan withdrawn

Jun 23, 2009 - The Associated Press

NV Energy has formally withdrawn its application to build the Ely Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant that was opposed by environmentalists and by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

NV Energy said in February that it would postpone the $5 billion, 1,500-megawatt plant for up to 10 years, or until technology for capturing and storing carbon dioxide was commercially feasible.

Now, the utility has made it official, telling the state Public Utilities Commission that it wants to rescind its application to build the plant in eastern Nevada.