On 9 OCT 2017: "The war on coal is over," Pruitt said at an event in the town of Hazard, located in the coal heartland of Kentucky. The state's largest power generator revealed Friday that the Big Brown Plant southeast of Corsicana and Sandow Plant northeast of Austin would close next year. A week ago, Luminant announced it was shutting down its Monticello Plant near Mount Pleasant. What is shocking is "Sandow 5" has the capacity to generate about 600 megawatts of electricity and was built in 2009. That something so recently built with pollution control system was also shuttered. Another coal plant, CPS Energy's J.T. Deely, is scheduled to close at the end of 2018. That closure was announced in 2013 The cost to generate electricity from coal plants varies from $60 to $143 per megawatt hour, compared to $48 to $78 for natural gas, according to a report last year from financial advisory firm Lazard. The unsubsidized cost for wind was $32 to $62. The closure of 4 massive coal plants will immediately cause an oversupply of coal, resulting in price drop, and closure of coal mines, and of course a surged in unemployed coal miners. The only way to save coal now is to subsidize the industry (as Rick Perry wants), but McConnel has indicated he will not support that legislation, and I am sure many others (Rand Paul) will oppose that as well. Renewable development is accelerating and less vulnerable to market forces while gas is easily replacing coal in many power plants. I predict in next year another large drop in % and a short period of little change.