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NRG to close Romeoville coal plant, modernize Waukean plant

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An energy company has announced plans to close one Illinois coal-fired power plant and convert another to natural gas to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The company says the move will eliminate 250 jobs.

New Jersey-based NRG Energy Inc. announced the plans Thursday. The company says it will close its coal-fired plant in Romeoville, convert its plant in Joliet to natural gas and install emissions control technology at plants in Pekin and Waukegan.

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The company took over the four Illinois plants in April when it acquired Edison Mission Energy.

The company says the changes represent a more than $500 million investment that will reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions by at least 16 million tons annually by 2020.

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