Duke Energy announced it would close 1,700 jobs at its plant in Virginia and its plant near Houston, according to its announcement Thursday.
The announcement comes less than a month after a federal judge struck down an Obama administration order that forced the utility to lay off 800 employees.
In addition, the utility has said it would suspend some of its clean energy investments for the coming year.
The closure of the plants comes as the Trump administration is looking to cut more than $1 trillion from the Department of Energy budget.
“The state of Virginia is taking action to close these plants and reduce costs to consumers, which are the most important elements of this effort,” the utility said in a statement.
“Duke Energy will continue to support Virginia communities in making smart investments that help them compete with the fast-growing clean energy economy.
This is the right decision for Virginia and the nation.”
The decision to shutter the two facilities comes amid a nationwide push by the Trump White House to eliminate billions in funding for the Department for Energy and other federal agencies.
“Energy is at the core of everything we do,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said last week.
“And I think the Trump Administration understands that.
So, it’s just unfortunate that it was not able to get the funding through the Congress and through the Trump Congress, and that the president, through his team, took advantage of the situation.”
Zinke has called the coal and oil industry “uncompetitive” and said the coal industry is “at risk of collapse” if Trump doesn’t get rid of it.