Sempra announced recently that it has abandoned its plan to build a coal-fired power plant outside of Gerlach. However, Sempra stated that it will try to sell the development plans to another energy provider. So it’s possible that another company could buy the plans and build a coal plant near Gerlach in the future.
The Burning Man Project maintains its neutral stance on this issue. Burning Man participants come from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world. When faced with political or environmental questions, the Project cannot claim to speak for the entirety of its population. Politically, we engage only those matters that pertain directly to the survival of our event and/or the Burning Man overall movement.
For more information about the originally-proposed plant, refer to the Nevada Clean Energy website, and the official Granite Fox Power website. There is also an informative Los Angeles Times story about the situation.