Federal officials say that U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding, especially in Western states where renewable energy will provide almost a quarter of the power to household and businesses this summer.
The ruling marks another in a string of judicial setbacks for President Donald Trump’s attempts to boost North American energy production.
An Associated Press investigation found there could be more premature deaths, greenhouse gas emissions and other impacts.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris is presiding over a Thursday hearing on whether the moratorium should be reinstated.
The rural electricity provider in Colorado coal country is parting ways because Tri State is too closely tied to fossil fuels.
The utility’s new goal is good news for Gov.-elect Jared Polis, who pledged a 100 percent renewable energy goal as part of his campaign.
Westmoreland Coal Co. has more than $1.4 billion in debt amid declining demand for the fuel.
The company said customers will save about $213 million by 2054 as renewable energy continues to get cheaper.