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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 →

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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 →

California Renews Push to 100% Renewables

RTO Insider: The State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require California load-serving entities to obtain all of their electricity deliveries from renewable resources by 2045 (SB 100). Sponsored by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat, the bill passed 25-13 along party lines. It now moves to the […]

June 2, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: A Case Study on the Paybacks of Residential Solar Energy One of the most important policies helping California build a clean energy future is Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). This program enables local property owners to finance the total cost of certain efficiency and clean energy upgrades – like solar panels and efficient heating and cooling systems ­– and then repay those costs through […]

May 11, 2017 Read More →

Op-Ed: A Road to Nowhere

Seattle Times: The reality is that the economic prospects for West Coast coal exports have collapsed. China’s demand for coal, which once seemed limitless, has been falling for three consecutive years. India’s coal imports fell last year and are projected to drop even further as the country increasingly taps domestic coal reserves to fuel its […]

April 26, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: California’s Shifting Electricity-Generation Landscape California solar power has been driving wholesale electricity rates towards – and sometimes below – $0/MWh – and on March 11th total solar power production broke 50% of demand. The increase in utility-scale solar power , which grew 50% in the state in 2016, is quickly changing the landscape. Recently we saw California solar […]

April 10, 2017 Read More →

Developer Continues to Push for a Coal-Export Terminal in Oakland

Darwin BondGraham for the East Bay Express: The City of Oakland filed a motion in federal court today asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at neutralizing the city’s recently enacted ban on the storage and handling of coal. Oakland was sued in December by developer Phil Tagami and his company, the Oakland Bulk […]

February 1, 2017 Read More →

Oakland Coal-Export Developer Sues to Overturn Ban on Terminal Buildout

Bob Egelko for the San Francisco Chronicle: The would-be shipper of coal from the Port of Oakland, a company controlled by a longtime friend of Gov. Jerry Brown, has sued Oakland for outlawing coal handling and storage within its borders, saying the ban interferes with interstate commerce and with federal authority over the transportation of […]

December 9, 2016 Read More →

California’s $5 Billion Renewables-Investment Opportunity

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: Staff of the California Energy Commission have completed an assessment of the state’s transmission grid and its ability to bring online large amounts of additional renewable capacity, finding significant investment will be required to alleviate widespread constraints. The report finds several Transmission Assessment Focus Areas (TAFAs) where more than 40,000 […]

November 5, 2016 Read More →

U.S., as Part of Energy-Security Push, Aims for Solar Reliance at 14 Military Stations in California

Chris Mooney for the Washington Post: The new 150-megawatt Mesquite 3 solar array is located in Arizona, but the electricity it generates will be sent to California’s electric grid and will power roughly one-third of the electricity needs of 14 naval installations in the state, including San Diego’s naval base and the Marines’ Twentynine Palms […]

October 17, 2016 Read More →

All of the New Electricity Capacity Brought Online in the U.S. in August Was From Solar or Wind

Arsalan Malik for SNL: Solar and wind powered all of the new power plants that began operations in August. A total 20 projects with a combined capacity of 463 MW were added in August, with 55% of the capacity coming from solar projects and 45% coming from wind-powered generators. No new projects were announced in […]

October 13, 2016 Read More →