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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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IEEFA Data Byte: For Key Coal-Fired Plants in Texas, the Baseload Party Is Over

IEEFA Data Byte: For Key Coal-Fired Plants in Texas, the Baseload Party Is Over

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words on Capacity-Factor Declines Since 2008

One of the points we touched on a few weeks ago when we reported on the declining role of coal-fired electricity plants in Texas is that they aren’t the baseload workhorses they used to be. Our report—“The Beginning of the End: Fundamental Changes in Energy Markets Are Undermining the Financial Viability of Coal-Fired Power Plants […]

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