Author Archive: Sandy Buchanan

Executive Director Sandy Buchanan has worked on a variety of energy issues involving coal, nuclear, utilities, renewables, and energy efficiency since the 1980s. She served as executive director of Ohio Citizen Action for 20 years before joining IEEFA in 2013.

IEEFA Update: Where Puerto Rico Goes From Here

Modernize With Microgrids and Renewables or Rebuild the Status Quo? (Webinar: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. ET)

The future of Puerto Rico’s electricity system is on the line now as planners, policymakers, special interests, and politicians negotiate how the U.S. commonwealth will rebuild its shattered electricity grid. Long-running research by our organization  has documented how the Puerto Rico Electric Authority (PREPA) has been historically and chronically mismanaged and how it has been […]

October 18, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Here’s How You Can Help Get Solar Power to Puerto Rican Households Now

IEEFA Update: Here’s How You Can Help Get Solar Power to Puerto Rican Households Now

A Call for Immediate Donations to the Puerto Rico Emergency Solar Energy Fund

IEEFA has never made a fundraising pitch on its website before, but times change, sometimes for the worse.   One million households in Puerto Rico do not have electricity today. In the wake of monumental damage from Hurricane Maria, power to most inhabitants of the islands is not likely to be restored for many weeks […]

October 2, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, Out of Step With the Times, Sells Gas and Hydro Assets to Shore Up Fading Coal-Fired Plants

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, Out of Step With the Times, Sells Gas and Hydro Assets to Shore Up Fading Coal-Fired Plants

As American Electricity Markets Modernize, an Ohio Utility Company Stays the Same

If there’s a standout feature in today’s fast-changing electricity-generation landscape, it’s that coal-fired and nuclear power plants cannot compete with those that run on natural gas or renewable energy. This will remain the case for the foreseeable future, as gas prices are projected to stay low and renewable energy prices continue to drop. Part of […]

September 21, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Failed ‘Clean Coal’ Experiments Have Wasted Billions of Dollars

Mississippi Regulators Say Enough is Enough; Kemper Plant is One of Long Line to Chase the Clean Coal Myth

Long overdue news broke last week that that the Southern Company will no longer burn coal at the Kemper County “clean coal” plant.  Mississippi regulators had told the company they would no longer allow a blank electricity ratepayer check for construction of the plant. In chasing the myth that any new coal-fired power could become […]

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, on Thin Ice, Walks Away From a Half Million Ohio Households in Hopes of Saving Itself

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, on Thin Ice, Walks Away From a Half Million Ohio Households in Hopes of Saving Itself

A Break with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council Is the Latest Sign, Among Many, That a Poorly Run Utility Is on the Ropes

FirstEnergy’s financial tailspin took a spectacular turn late last month when the company abruptly cancelled the three remaining years of a nine-year contract to supply electricity to the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), a group that provides power to 500,000 customers. What’s happening here in Ohio, in brief, is that FirstEnergy’s bad business decisions […]

November 8, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Asia: At a Crossroads, and Where Much of the Energy-Transition Action Is

IEEFA Asia: At a Crossroads, and Where Much of the Energy-Transition Action Is

Announcing the Appointment of Four New Energy Data Analysts Focusing on Indonesia, the Philippines, China, India, Bangladesh, and Australia

Asia, like the rest of the world, is at an energy-policy crossroads. Nowhere is this more evident than in electricity markets, where entire countries are grappling now with which fork to take: the one that loops back to the past or the one that leads to modernization and sustainability. At issue in the Philippines, for […]

September 30, 2016 Read More →
Utah’s Oakland Coal-Export Folly Sunk by Community Opposition and Market Forces

Utah’s Oakland Coal-Export Folly Sunk by Community Opposition and Market Forces

Bell Tolls for a Controversial Proposal That Created Political Fanfare in Two States

A sketchy deal that would have led to construction of a new seaside terminal in Oakland, California, to export coal from Utah—the focus of great political fanfare in both states just a year ago—looks like it’s now dead for good. Public opposition to the project, and exposure of political machinations that didn’t pass the smell […]

September 2, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Wyoming: Bid to Export ‘Clean Coal’ to Japan Rings False

IEEFA Wyoming: Bid to Export ‘Clean Coal’ to Japan Rings False

The U.S. Has Squandered Far Too Much Already on Research That Leads Nowhere

It’s no secret that the U.S. coal industry’s hopes of revival by exporting its product to Asia via West Coast ports—what Platts has called an “export or die” strategy—have been dashed by the structural decline in global coal markets.  That’s why Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead’s recent announcement that a new “clean coal” technology partnership between […]

IEEFA Cleveland: The Lights Are on but the Bills Are Too Damn High

With Respect to Utility Companies, a Former Mayor Said It Best: ‘If You Do Not Own Them, They Will in Time Own You.’

It’s been a remarkably eventful summer to be a Clevelander—from the joyous celebration of more than a million people at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA victory parade in June to the who-knows-what-to-expect Republican National Convention events in the city this week. Cleveland did a lot of sprucing up to get ready for the RNC, including renovations […]

Institutional Investors Are Walking Away From Ohio Utility Companies That Insist on Coal

Institutional Investors Are Walking Away From Ohio Utility Companies That Insist on Coal

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Divestment From One Fund Alone

Utilities in Ohio and West Virginia clinging stubbornly to coal-fired power plants for electricity generation are finding the strategy backfiring in a way they might not have anticipated. Some of the world’s biggest investors are saying no thank you to enterprises so deeply—and dangerously—attached to coal. They include Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, or GPFG, […]

April 22, 2016 Read More →