A big coal fired electric plant in my area is all but done. The local power grid put up massive new transmittion lines from the southern tier of NY into the Ithaca area. Now they don't buy much power from the the coal powered plant. Interestingly enough, the local power company sold that coal powered plant off a few years back. The coal fired electric plant workers are scrapping to get early buyouts for retirement cause they don't want to go down with the ship.
Side note: They fire the boilers (have two of them apparently) buy pumping in an entire tractor trailer load of diesel fuel to ignite AND it does not all ways light the first time. (Oh crap..... get another truck load of diesel fuel!)
Other intersting news for screwed up alterantive energy: Local HUGE dairy farm put in MULTI MILLION DOLLAR methane digester to make electricity. The same local power complany approved their project. After it was built. The farmers digesters made too much power for local power line infrastructure.
Although I bet the farmer received massive grant money to put the digester together. I don't know much about it other than local grapevine. They apparently just throttled the system down and make their own power. Win or lose? They win and the rest of us loose!