Science Energy Coal Is Turning Into a Bad Investment By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated February 13, 2020 Coal is costing companies money. (Photo: Petteri Sulonen [CC BY 2.0]/Wikimedia Commons) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Science Renewable Energy Fossil Fuels Bruce Niles, director of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, shared this bit of good news recently on the Sierra Club blog: Three years ago Dynegy launched plans to partner with LS Power and become the largest new developer of coal-fired power plants. Yesterday Dynegy officially terminated those plans, including selling its shares in a coal-fired power plant currently under construction.Coal is again proving to be a bad investment. Dynegy announced yesterday that the company is essentially going to lose $100 million as it sells its portion of the Texas Sandy Creek coal plant back to LS Power. But they decided a $100 million loss was better than continuing to be involved in the expensive and risky project.Dynegy is still trying to sell their stake in the Arkansas Plum Point coal plant, also under construction. There have been no takers so far, which most likely means more losses to come.The sooner we stop burning coal, the enemy of mankind, the better. If it's not profitable to build new facilities to burn the stuff, the end will come that much quicker. Huzzah for the world.