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Pathways to achieving a 2030 coal phase-out in the United States

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This policy brief from the Center for Global Sustainability offers pathways and policy strategies to phase out coal-fired electricity in the United States by 2030—putting the U.S. on a pathway toward achieving its NDC and 100% clean electricity by 2030. To accelerate the already present coal decline and achieve a complete phase-out by 2030, the analysis demonstrates a concrete and plant-by-plant retirement pathway that would enable the United States to retire roughly ⅔ of plants by 2025 while still maintaining grid stability and achieving other priorities. 

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