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In Lawsuit Over Prairie State Energy Campus, What’s Happening in Missouri Might Not Stay in Missouri

Getting to the Core of What’s Wrong With the Financing Behind a Coal-Fired Plant in Illinois Whose Tentacles Reach Into Eight States Wall Street, Missouri politicians and Peabody Energy have decreed that the city of Hermann, Mo., must remain tangled in the multiple-municipality financial quagmire created by the struggling Prairie State Energy Campus. Hermann, which […]

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Maryland and D.C. Are the Last Bastions Now Against Exelon’s Regional Takeover

Maryland and D.C. Are the Last Bastions Now Against Exelon’s Regional Takeover

The District of Columbia and Maryland are the last hold-outs now against the proposed acquisition by Exelon Corp. of Pepco Holdings, one of the major utility companies in the mid-Atlantic and the parent company of Delmarva Power, Pepco and Atlantic City Electric. The merger would be a bad deal for ratepayers, as we detailed in […]

March 25, 2015 Read More →
Electric Grid Managers: Quasi-Public Corporations Gone Wild (and in Secret)

Electric Grid Managers: Quasi-Public Corporations Gone Wild (and in Secret)

A fact little known to most Americans is that the grid they rely on for electricity is controlled by quasi-public organizations whose lavishly paid executives and board members conduct business in deep secret. Independent system operators, or ISOs, work almost entirely behind closed doors, even though their every action affects public electricity customers of all […]

March 24, 2015 Read More →
Shenhua’s Bombshell Numbers Show China’s Coal Appetite Has Peaked

Shenhua’s Bombshell Numbers Show China’s Coal Appetite Has Peaked

When the largest coal producer in China puts out the kind of numbers China Shenhua Energy Co. just reported, it’s an unmistakable signal that the most populous country on the planet is continuing to step back from coal. In announcing its 2014 results and its 2015 business targets, Shenhua dropped some bombshells: It sees a […]

March 23, 2015 Read More →
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