Energy company NvEnergy has announced it is shutting down two plants it is responsible for supplying to some of America’s largest and most polluting utilities.
The company announced on Tuesday that it will shut down two facilities in Texas and North Carolina as part of its efforts to reduce the amount of CO2 it releases into the air.
NvEnergy said in a statement that it expects to be able to restart its operations later this year, but would not provide a timeline for when.
“The company expects to resume operations as soon as possible,” the company said.
“We are in the process of transitioning from the coal-fired power system to a low-carbon power system.
In the interim, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of our coal-burning plant operation.”
The coal-based plant at the heart of the dispute is located in Fort Worth, Texas, about an hour and a half outside of Dallas.
It was shut down in June after a federal judge ruled that Nv was in violation of the Clean Air Act.
The court ruled that the plant, a power plant known as the Nv-3 plant, emitted more than 6 billion metric tons of CO 2 annually.
Nv said in September that it would seek a stay of that ruling, which was set to expire in June.
The coal plant in North Carolina was shut in April after a judge said Nv’s plant in that state was polluting and violating federal air quality standards.
Nav Energy is owned by a holding company called Energy Future Holdings LLC, which owns other energy companies including Texas-based PJM International.
The holding company said in its statement that the shutdowns are necessary to continue to protect the public health and safety and to ensure that the coal plant is not adversely affected.
“We are not in the position to provide a timetable for the resumption of operations of the coal facility,” the statement said.