COAL:

Another proposed Nev. plant put on hold

A plan to build a 1,600-megawatt coal-fired electricity plant in Nevada is being put on hold by a company because of current economic conditions and future regulatory uncertainties.

White Pine Energy Associates, a private affiliate of LS Power in East Brunswick, N.J., told Nevada state regulators yesterday it was withdrawing its application to build White Pine Energy Station.

The move comes less than a month after the state's largest utility company yanked similar plans to build its own plant near Ely.

LS Power officials said they will continue to pursue a plan to build 500 miles of transmission lines that will connect renewable power sources in remote areas of Nevada.

"As demand for renewable energy increases we are focusing more and more of our internal resources on providing transmission solutions both for renewable project developers and load serving entities," said the company's president, Paul Thessen.

Groundbreaking is expected later this year on the transmission line project, Thessen said (Scott Sonner, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, March 5). -- PT