If you’ve ever spent time at Michigan State University, it’s hard to miss the twin smokestacks of the T.B. Simon Power Plant on the south side of campus. And it’s also hard to miss the gigantic piles of coal next to the plant or the hundreds of coal-carrying train cars that feed the maw of the behemoth.
Starting in 2016, those coal piles will be gone. Michigan State University announced today that they are ending their use of coal for energy and transitioning to cleaner-burning natural gas: