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In Seeking White House Intervention, Protectors of Arizona Coal Plant Battle Market Realities

Amy Harder, Russell Gold, and Timothy Puko for the Wall Street Journal: President Donald Trump’s promise to help the coal industry could be facing its first big test: the decision earlier this week to close a large Arizona coal-burning power plant, and a demand that Mr. Trump prevent that shutdown. Majority owners of the Navajo […]

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IEEFA Update: Shutdown of Navajo Generating Station Likely Blows a Hole in Peabody’s Bankruptcy Plan

IEEFA Update: Shutdown of Navajo Generating Station Likely Blows a Hole in Peabody’s Bankruptcy Plan

Company Seen as Unlikely to Meet its Production or EBITDA Projections; Fate of Plant Is Emblematic of Larger Shift

Bankrupt Peabody Energy is being dealt a fresh setback on news this week that owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station don’t expect to keep the plant open past 2019. The 2,500-megawatt station in Northern Arizona is owned by a consortium of public and private utilities with significant service areas in several states. While Peabody […]

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Owners Say Navajo Generation Station Will Close in Two Years

Russell Gold for the Wall Street Journal: Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station, one of the largest coal-burning power plants in the U.S., will keep running through December 2019, but a majority of the plant’s owners said they won’t seek to keep it open after 2019. In a sign of a changing energy marketplace that has turned […]

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Owners of Arizona Coal Plant Say They Will Decide Soon on Proposed Closure

Paul Davenport for the Associated Press: The owners a massive coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona are considering options that include keeping it open but also closing it within the next few years, a spokesman for the plant’s operator said Wednesday. Salt River Project spokesman Scott Harelson said officials of the power district recently met […]

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U.S. Mountain States Are Shifting from Coal to Gas and Renewables

Tom DiChristopher for CNBC: The U.S. Mountain States are moving away from coal, even as President-elect Donald Trump vows to revive the embattled industry. Western states — a stronghold for coal consumption — are increasingly using natural gas and renewable energy for their electricity. The switch puts pressure on miners in Wyoming, the country’s biggest […]

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In Sunny Arizona, Regulators Crack Down on Rooftop Solar

Jeff Stanfield for SNL: Arizona regulators decided in a late-night vote to end net metering as a matter of policy for rooftop solar customers, ending a two-year-long proceeding for determining the value and cost of distributed generation. Over the objections of solar parties, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 20 to lower the […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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Skepticism in Arizona Around Long-Term Commitment to Natural Gas

Ryan Randazzo for the Arizona Republic: Officials on Monday questioned Arizona Public Service Co. regarding its plans to increase its use of natural-gas-fueled power plants to meet energy demands, saying they are concerned prices could increase and put utility customers at risk. APS officials presented the company’s long-term resource plan to the regulators at the […]

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Coal Industry on the Brink in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

Coal Industry on the Brink in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

Where Is the Leadership to Help Families, Communities, and Economies Manage the Change?

It is past time for governors and legislators in the Rocky Mountain West to seriously plan for what they are going to do to help mining communities and families hit hard by the coal industry’s collapse. These leaders—in the six states from the Canadian border to Mexico—have been silent for too long. The coal-mining sector […]

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WSJ: Utility Industry Ratchets Up Its War on Solar

Many U.S. states are considering dialing back solar-power incentives amid growing pressure from local electric utilities, potentially dealing a blow to the companies that install home solar systems around the country. More than 900,000 homes across the U.S. are equipped with solar panels, with most of those homeowners able to sell any excess electricity their […]

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