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IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

‘Important and Painful Lessons’ in Southern Company’s Kemper Failure in Mississippi and Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Experiment in Indiana

Sept. 7, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report describing how coal-to-gasification technology for electricity-generation purposes remains commercially unviable. The report—“Using Coal Gasification to Generate Electricity: A Multibillion-Dollar Failure”—concludes that two long-running marquee American Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), projects, Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana […]

September 7, 2017 Read More →

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IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

‘Important and Painful Lessons’ in Southern Company’s Kemper Failure in Mississippi and Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Experiment in Indiana

Sept. 7, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report describing how coal-to-gasification technology for electricity-generation purposes remains commercially unviable. The report—“Using Coal Gasification to Generate Electricity: A Multibillion-Dollar Failure”—concludes that two long-running marquee American Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), projects, Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana […]

September 7, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Energy Companies in Georgia and South Carolina ‘Whistling in the Dark’ on Nuclear Energy Debacles

Wamsted on Energy: The nuclear morass that has ensnared utility executives, state regulators, and legislators in South Carolina and Georgia shows no signs of easing its grip. Southern is set to decide soon whether its Georgia Power subsidiary will seek to complete Vogtle 3 & 4 even though the total cost for the much-delayed nuclear […]

August 30, 2017 Read More →

Layoffs at Mine That Supplied Costly Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment

Associated Press: The company that supplies lignite coal to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant says it will lay off 75 workers at the mine. It’s the latest fallout from the suspending the part of the plant that was supposed to gasify coal and remove pollutants. Mississippi Power has said it could lay off […]

August 11, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Something in the Wind

U.S. Nuclear Industry Reconsiders Expansion; Utility Exec Sees Less Risk in Turbine Farm Than Coal; Keystone XL Doesn’t Pencil Out Anymore

It’s de rigueur anymore for energy companies across the board to play up their clean-energy commitments—actual or just advertised—but executives at American Electric Power put some of their money where their mouths were in announcing intentions last week to invest $4.5 billion in the new Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma. AEP’s logic is rooted in […]

August 4, 2017 Read More →

Costs for Struggling Vogtle Nuclear Project Top $25 Billion in New Estimate

Atlanta Journal Constitution: The full price of expanding Plant Vogtle has swelled to more than $25 billion and the project has slipped further behind schedule in the wake of a key contractor’s bankruptcy, according to estimates disclosed Wednesday by Southern Company. The Atlanta utility hasn’t made a decision about whether the troubled nuclear expansion should […]

August 3, 2017 Read More →

Doubts in Georgia Over Whether the Only Remaining U.S. Nuclear Energy Project Will See Completion

Bloomberg News: With a multibillion-dollar nuclear project in South Carolina dead, the fate of America’s nuclear renaissance now rests on one utility: Southern Co. Scana Corp. dropped plans for two reactors Monday, leaving the two that Southern is building at the Vogtle plant in Georgia as the only ones under construction in the U.S. And […]

August 2, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: The U.S. Nuclear Project Cancellation Announcement Heard ’Round the World

IEEFA Update: The U.S. Nuclear Project Cancellation Announcement Heard ’Round the World

Reverberations in Decision on V.C. Summer Project; Similar Reactor Construction in Georgia Is at Risk; Implications for India's Ambitions

Hindsight being 20/20, it’s clear that the developers of the V.C. Summer nuclear-energy project in South Carolina had no choice but to pull the plug on the project, as they announced yesterday they had done. Reasonable foresight would have better served ratepayers of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. as well those of Santee Cooper, […]

Executive Pay Practices Rile Southern Company Shareholders in Wake of Giant Losses

Peter Maloney in Utility Dive: The problems stemming Southern Co.’s troubled investments in its Kemper integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) project in Mississippi and its Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia just continue to grow. In addition to the Southern’s recent decision to end work on the gasification units at Kemper and run the plant as a natural gas […]

July 14, 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 […]

Southern Company Shores Up Mississippi Power with $1 Billion After Decision Not to Burn Coal at Kemper

Russell Grantham for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Southern Company said it injected $1 billion in additional capital into its Mississippi subsidiary after it decided last week, under pressure from state regulators, to pull the plug on a troubled “clean coal” plant. The Atlanta utility holding company’s shares have dropped about 7 percent since the Mississippi Public […]

July 6, 2017 Read More →