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As Coal Slips in Texas, Wind Picks Up

Quartz: Although the White House is leading a campaign to burn more coal, states and utilities are largely ignoring the call. In April, West Virginia rebuffed efforts by Democratic governor Jim Justice to revive its moribund coal industry. On Oct. 13, Texas announced it, too, was turning to renewables. The retirement of three coal-powered plants […]

October 18, 2017 Read More →

Power Company Announces Unexpected Shutdown by Early 2018 of Two More Texas Coal-Fired Plants

Power Magazine: Vistra Energy moved to halt a financial hemorrhage stemming from unprofitable conditions in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), announcing plans to shutter two more coal-fired power plants—the 1.1-GW Sandow Power Plant (which includes a 2009-built unit) and the 1.2-GW Big Brown plant—in early 2018. The company’s decision made public on October […]

October 13, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: A Texas Coal Domino Teeters

IEEFA Update: A Texas Coal Domino Teeters

‘If It's Not Economic for Us, It Won't be Economic for Anybody Else’

Conceding finally that it is uneconomical to operate the Gibbons Creek coal plant except during the hottest months of the year, the owners of the plant have announced it will run now only from June through September. The news is emblematic of a broad shift nationally away from coal-fired electricity and is notable for being […]

470-Megawatt Texas Coal Plant Is Mothballed

Utility Dive: The Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA) told the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) that it plans to operate the 470 MW coal-fired Gibbons Creek power for only five months of the year. TMPA said it is not economical to run the plant in Anderson, Texas, except during the hottest months, from June […]

July 24, 2017 Read More →

Electricity-Grid Exec See U.S. Maintaining Tax Support for Renewables

SNL: Founder of Grid Strategies LLC Rob Gramlich said market forces were driving the power sector away from investing in coal, that the Trump administration had little at their disposal to reverse that trend and that he expects existing tax policy will continue to drive investment in renewable power sources even in the absence of […]

May 16, 2017 Read More →

Wind ‘Pushing Coal Off the Grid’ in Texas

Scientific American: Wind generation accounted for nearly 23 percent of power generation for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in the first quarter of 2017, the Lone Star State grid operator said this week. The announcement marks the highest quarterly wind penetration in ERCOT’s history and underscores the market challenges facing the coal industry […]

April 18, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: The Texas Electricity Transition Gains Pace

IEEFA Update: The Texas Electricity Transition Gains Pace

More Coal Plant Closings on the Horizon; Wind and Solar on the Rise

Texas continues its remarkable transition away from coal-fired electricity generation. And the trend is gaining momentum because market forces are in the driver’s seat, which is to say coal plants for the most part are no longer competitive with other sources of energy. A report we published last fall—“The Beginning of the End: Fundamental Changes […]

Uptick in Monthly Texas Coal Usage Unlikely to Affect Underlying Shrinkage

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: Reports of coal’s demise in Texas have been common in recent months, as cheap gas and renewables threaten to push the baseload plants out of the power mix. But at least for now, the resource is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. Coal’s generation share was down slightly from December, but […]

February 13, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

From Deep in the Heart of Texas to North Dakota, a Historic Shift in U.S. Electricity Production

Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. The increase, which has driven wind’s share of generation to 48 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2016 from 36 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2015, has displaced […]

December 21, 2016 Read More →

Little Effect on Grid Seen in Texas Coal Closures

Lauren Bellero for SNL Beta: Predicted coal-fired power plant retirements in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. market are unlikely to impact electric grid reliability, according to a new study. Consumers in the ERCOT market have reason to be optimistic about the grid operator’s ability to ensure an uninterrupted electricity supply despite the anticipated […]

December 8, 2016 Read More →