NRG Energy Dickerson plant to close in 2017

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(WJLA) - A New Jersey-based energy company will shut down a coal-burning energy plant that it operates in Montgomery County in 2017, officials announced Thursday.

Princeton, N.J.-based NRG Energy says that it plans to close its coal-fired generating plant in Dickerson in four years. The company says that the closure is tied with the need to meet greenhouse gas-related regulations.

Montgomery County officials say that the plant is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas in the county. County Councilman Roger Berliner says that the closure will help the region meet its goal of cutting emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

"Even with the closure, much more work must be done - hard work - and I will be introducing a package of renewable, energy efficiency and electric vehicle measures next month that should help our County achieve this important goal," Berliner said.

It's not known how many jobs will be lost as a result of the plant's closure.