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April 2015 Chuitna Letter From IEEFA

April 2015 Chuitna Letter From IEEFA

April 2015 Chuitna Letter From IEEFA  

April 13, 2015 Read More →

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Plans for U.S. Coal-Fired Electricity Expansion Grind to a Halt

E&E News: About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts four new coal projects on a list of planned power plants nationwide. Three of those face long odds, and none will be able […]

August 22, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Alaska Mine Cancellation Emblematic of Freefall in U.S. Coal Exports

Sightline Institute: Another month, another coal export project down the tubes. This time it’s the proposed Chuitna mine in Alaska, a controversial export project launched a few years ago near the peak in the Pacific Rim coal bubble. After submitting several thousand pages of permitting documentation, the project backers had no choice but to shelve […]

April 7, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Lacking Customers, PacRim Bails Out of Its Alaska Coal Project

A New Mine on Cook Inlet Was as Crazy as It Sounded

Word out of Alaska this morning that investors have pulled out of the proposed Chuitna Coal Project near Alaska’s Cook Inlet was presaged by the fast-moving global transition in electricity generation. Research we published two years ago—and that we outlined in an August 2015 letter to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources—pointed to where Delaware-based […]

April 4, 2017 Read More →

U.S. Coal Company Drops Longstanding Plan for Alaska Mine

Associated Press: A company that sought to develop a major coal mine 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage has suspended applications for state permits. The Peninsula Clarion reports PacRim Coal has halted its permit process for a strip mine on the west side of Cook Inlet near the village of Tyonek (teye-OH-nek). The Alaska […]

April 4, 2017 Read More →

Alaska Deal Retires 63,000-Acre Coal Tract

From the Associated Press: An undeveloped Alaska coal field, California’s offsets for carbon pollution and thousands of acres of forest are the unlikely players in a complex agreement that is expected to generate millions for an Alaska Native organization. The agreement signed in December also calls for Chugach Alaska Corp. to sell the coal rights […]

January 27, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Alaska’s Sole Coal Producer Ceases Exports

Kevin Baird for Newsminer.com: Usibelli Coal Mine’s last export of coal sailed out of Seward in July, and the Seward coal loading facility is going into cold storage mode, according to the company’s vice president of External Affairs, Lorali Simon. The 75,000-ton coal shipment will be Usibelli’s last coal export, at least until the market […]

September 2, 2016 Read More →

Divestiture Movement, Deepening Distress of Coal Industry, Emerging Battles Over Solar, Overbuilding of Shale Gas Pipelines Highlight IEEFA Energy Finance 2016 Conference in New York City

Panelists From Deutsche Bank, Moody’s, S&P Capital IQ, New York Mayor’s Office, CalSTRS, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Norwegian Parliament

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, MARCH 14-16; EXPERTS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, AUSTRALIA,  AND THE AMERICAS NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2016 — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today announced a 2016 conference lineup that includes leading energy finance experts, industry regulators, institutional investors, activists, market analysts and commentators from around the world. The conference, Energy […]

February 29, 2016 Read More →
Data Bite: U.S. Coal Production Is Down Almost Everywhere, and Off by Double Digits in Key States

Data Bite: U.S. Coal Production Is Down Almost Everywhere, and Off by Double Digits in Key States

The Map and Chart of the Day: Stark Challenges for Miners From Appalachia to Wyoming as Energy Markets Shift

The drop in U.S. coal production reported by the Energy Information Administration for 2015 marks the biggest annual decline since 1958 and continues a trend that began a decade ago. The total amount of coal produced in the U.S. sank to 900 million short tons, the lowest level since the mid-1980s, according to the EIA’s preliminary estimates. […]

January 13, 2016 Read More →

Op-Ed: Alaska’s Future Is Not in Coal

Tom Sanzillo for Alaska Dispatch News: PacRim says the coal that would come out of Chuitna would boast superior low-sulfur content, when in fact its sulfur content is no different from that found in coal produced in the Powder River Basin in the Lower 48. This point is worth emphasizing because every Powder River Basin […]

December 28, 2015 Read More →

Op-Ed: Why an Alaskan Coal Project Is Unviable

Shannyn Moore for Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska’s only coal mine — owned by the Usibelli family — has seen its exports fall 57 percent in the past four years. The company just announced that it is stopping all exports of coal for the foreseeable future. No wonder a coal market analysis by the Institute for […]

October 5, 2015 Read More →