Science Energy The New Economics of Coal: Too Expensive to Build 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 December 31, 2019 Coal plants are expensive to maintain and expensive to build. (Photo: Alan Stark/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Energy Fossil Fuels Renewable Energy Another coal plant down! Nevada based NV Energy is postponing plans to build a 1,500-megawatt coal fired power plant (via the Sierra Club). NV Energy CEO Michael Yackira said that they will get the project back under way when clean coal technology is affordable for utilities. Which means the power plant is dead, it will never be built. "Clean coal" is a myth and capturing CO2 will never be anything near affordable. Every dollar we spend researching the terrible idea is a wasted buck.