ATLANTA — An energy company is dropping its bid to build Georgia’s first new coal-fired plant in years amid opposition from environmental groups, who say it would produce too much pollution.
LS Power Vice President Mike Vogt said Monday that his company will abandon plans to build the $2 billion Longleaf Energy Plant in southwest Georgia.
That decision is part of a settlement in a lawsuit focusing on a coal-fired power plant the firm is building in Texas. Vogt said a bad economy, lack of electricity buyers and competition from other proposed plants made the project difficult in Georgia.
Environmentalists have sought to derail the plant since it was proposed a decade ago. Justine Thompson of GreenLaw said the plant would have created a “staggering” amount of carbon dioxide pollution.