Because Ohio already had plans to retire “thousands of megawatts from coal plants in the coming years,” the state may not need to take any additional action to meet the EPA’s carbon-reduction goals for 2020, the first year of the new proposed requirements, Columbus Business First reports. The retirements were planned for specific plants due to other environmental concerns or for economic reasons. PJM Interconnection, which operates the regional power grid covering parts of 13 states including Ohio, found that “[s]ustained low natural gas prices combined with sluggish load growth exert economic pressure on less efficient coal units to retire” independent of the Clean Power Plan benchmarks. (For more on the EPA Clean Power Plan, see our June 5, 2014 blog post.) Several coal-heavy states, including Ohio, are suing the EPA over the proposed plan. For more, read the full article