IEEFA Research

IEEFA Analysis: If Utah Commits to Proposed $53 Million Oakland Port Subsidy, It’s Buying a Pig in a Poke

Could There Be a Worse Time to Invest in Deteriorating Coal Markets?

A bill being seriously considered by the Utah State Legislature this week seeks in essence to finance a backdoor subsidy for a coal export terminal in California whose construction could well leave Utah taxpayers on the hook for a highly questionable and highly speculative $53 million out-of-state subsidy. The proposed law, which exists now as SB0246, is […]

March 8, 2016 Read More →
Oakland’s Proposed Coal-Export Expansion Is Fraught With Risk

Oakland’s Proposed Coal-Export Expansion Is Fraught With Risk

Red Flags in a Global Downturn, a Struggling Coal Producer and a State Guarantee

We’re presenting testimony to the Oakland City Council today that questions the wisdom of a proposal to expand the Port of Oakland’s coal-export capacity at the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment project. The deal being considered raises several red flags. First, the developer is taking a major financial risk by relying so much on coal in […]

September 21, 2015 Read More →

More News and Commentary

California Regulators Vote to Close Diablo Canyon

San Francisco Chronicle: California’s last nuclear power plant — Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement — will close in 2025, state utility regulators decided Thursday. The unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission will likely bring an end to nuclear energy’s long history in the state. State law forbids building […]

January 12, 2018 Read More →

California AG Sides With Oakland in Refusal to Allow Kentucky-Utah Coal-Export Scheme to Proceed

East Bay Times: State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a brief in support of the city’s ban on the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke in Oakland. The city ordinance was passed in July 2016, effectively killing plans to transport the ore through a lpanned terminal near the Port of Oakland, on a […]

December 12, 2017 Read More →

Advances in Electricity-Storage Technology

Utility Dive: 2017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage projects this year were done by or for regulated utilities. And that momentum will likely carry into 2018 as well, Tim Gretjak, an analyst at Lux Research, told Utility Dive. In […]

November 29, 2017 Read More →

California and New Mexico AGs Sue to Restore Closure of Loophole on Coal Taken Off Federal Lands

Law 360: The attorneys general of California and New Mexico have again gone to court to challenge a U.S. Department of the Interior decision to revoke an Obama-era rule tweaking royalty calculations for oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and tribal lands, arguing Tuesday that the regulation was repealed without adequate consideration. California AG […]

October 20, 2017 Read More →

California Grid Operator Sees a Largely Decentralized and Renewables-Driven Grid by 2030

Platts: By 2030, renewables will supply about two-thirds of California’s electricity, natural gas-fired generation will be in the process of being phased out and the West will have regional grid operators, according to a draft paper released Wednesday by the California Independent System Operator. The paper — Electricity 2030, Trends and Tasks for the Coming […]

October 17, 2017 Read More →

As Trump Moves to Reverse Emissions Policies, States Step In to Advance Them

Yale 360: Just hours after President Trump’s Rose Garden speech in June announcing plans to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the governors of three states — California, Washington, and New York — announced their remedy. They formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, and called on other states to join them in continuing to push […]

October 10, 2017 Read More →

A State Trend Toward Ignoring Trump Emission-Regulations Rollbacks

Utility Dive: The Trump administration is abdicating Obama-era climate regulations, but a small — and growing — amount of states are taking matters into their own hands. The weapon of choice? The federal social cost of carbon, developed by the former Obama administration’s interagency working group composed of federal scientists and economists. The way it […]

August 31, 2017 Read More →

California, Shooting for 100% Carbon-Free Electricity Generation, Is More Than Halfway There

SNL: An analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence shows the state’s five largest utilities by retail sales are currently halfway to zero carbon future in terms of generation capacity, with conventional renewables, hydroelectric resources and nuclear included, but getting to 100% of retail sales will require significant new investments. Setting out a path to a […]

August 10, 2017 Read More →

CalPERS Divests From 14 Coal Companies

Pension & Investments: It is the first time CalPERS has disclosed that it has divested coal company holdings. California Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. signed into law in October 2015 a bill that requires CalPERS and the $208.7 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System, West Sacramento, to divest from investments in coal companies by […]

August 9, 2017 Read More →

California, in Nod to Shifting Energy Markets, Reconsiders $2.2 Billion Plan to Rebuild Old Plants

Los Angeles Times: California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build expensive natural gas power plants in the face of an electricity glut and growing use of cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced Tuesday that it has put a hold on a $2.2-billion […]

June 7, 2017 Read More →