​​​​​​​​The rise of competitive power markets together with growing variable renewable generation are forcing coal-fired power plants into a reactionary posture, where they operate in a cycling manner instead of the traditional lengthy runtimes at or near rated load. Coal-fired power plants accumulate damage and degradation in key components during every start-up, shutdown, and ramping between load states – eventually leading to failure and reduced availability. This NRECA Surveillance series summarizes CEATI’s report Optimization of Coal-Fired Power Plant Modifications to Improve Cyclic Performance, providing guidance on the adaptations that electric cooperatives can make to coal-fired power plants to improve their availability.