September 30, 2019

Environmental Groups Urge IPL To Retire Coal Plant In Favor of Clean Energy

Environmental activists hold a banner recreation of the billboard placed on 38th street.  - Darian Benson/ WFYI

Environmental activists hold a banner recreation of the billboard placed on 38th street.

Darian Benson/ WFYI

Environmental activists launched a billboard campaign Monday to urge Indianapolis Power & Light Company to retire the Petersburg coal plant and replace it with renewable energy.

Wyatt Watkins is the board chair for environmental advocacy group Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light and says he hopes IPL will agree renewable energy is better for all.

“It’s ultimately cheaper. It’s better for the environment," Watkins says. "Climate change is real. It’s happening now. It's impacting Indiana in huge ways and its very important that we address it."

IPL is currently conducting a 20-year energy plan to decide how the company will meet customer energy needs in the future. The Petersburg Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant in southwest Indiana. It’s been in the news as what’s called a “super polluter.”

The environmental group Sierra Club placed a billboard in the 600 block of 38th Street.

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