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Owner reaffirms 2017 closing of Brayton Point plant

Loss of coal-fired facility, one of state’s dirtiest generators, may raise prices

The owner of Brayton Point power plant in Somerset said Monday it will retire the coal-fired facility as planned in 2017 — a closure that industry officials said could mean higher electricity prices for consumers and, in the worst cases, power shortages.

Brayton Point is one of three large New England plants shutting down over the next few years, which has raised concerns by the region’s power grid operator, ISO New England, about meeting the demand for electricity. Last month, ISO New England determined that Brayton, one of the largest generators of electricity in New England, is needed to help meet demand and asked its owner to keep the plant running beyond 2017.

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