Current State and Future Direction of Coal-Fired Power in the Eastern Interconnection, a Department of Energy-funded study completed in June, was released on August 21. The report found that the cost of retrofitting coal-fired power plants to comply with new source performance standards over the next three to five years will cause as much as 10 to 20 percent of plants to close in the eastern portion of the U.S. The study, conducted by ICF International, will be used by the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners as a planning document.