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IEEFA Report: ‘Here and Now’ — Nine Electricity Markets Leading the Transition to Wind and Solar

California, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, South Australia, Spain, Tamil Nadu, Texas, and Uruguay; Breakneck Speed Is Overtaking Academic Discussion; Renewables Are Providing Security of Supply

Feb. 14, 2018 (IEEFA) — New research by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis details how nine major power markets around the world have achieved an outsize share of wind and solar generation while assuring security of supply and are providing compelling examples of the fast-moving evolution of electricity generation. The report, “Power-Industry […]

February 15, 2018 Read More →

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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Floating Offshore Wind Project Planned in California

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Off the rugged coast of Northern California’s Humboldt County, renewable energy developers are hoping to construct a utility-scale floating offshore wind farm, part of a broader effort to scale up the technology and turn floating wind into a global clean energy supplier. EDP Renováveis’ North American offshore wind unit formed […]

April 17, 2018 Read More →

PG&E CEO Says Coal Is A Relic Of The Past

CNN: Burning coal used to be the primary way power companies generated the electricity needed to cool homes, run factories and brighten streets. But US electricity production is changing dramatically, as companies rely more on natural gas and renewable energy sources. “I don’t think coal is the future. I really don’t,” Geisha Williams, CEO of PG&E […]

April 13, 2018 Read More →

As Wind and Solar Prices Drop, Some States Push to Expand Renewable Energy Mandates

Utility Dive: In the beginning, renewable portfolio standards drove the renewable energy market. While its role has diminished somewhat as wind and solar, especially, have become cost-competitive, a handful of states are still expanding these mandates for more ambitious targets. The proposed mandates themselves fit squarely within a trend of states expanding these standards. California, […]

March 14, 2018 Read More →

California Notches Two New Solar Records

PV Magazine: On Sunday, March 4, the California Independent System Operator saw an all-time peak percentage of demand served by solar, hitting a record 49.95 percent at 12:58 p.m. That’s up from the previous peak of 47.2 percent set on May 14, 2017. A day later, on March 5, CAISO set another solar record, this […]

March 7, 2018 Read More →

Utah Governor Questions Spending $2 Million to Challenge California’s Coal Policy

Associated Press: Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that he’s not convinced Utah should spend taxpayer money to sue California over its extra tax on coal and that the $2 million estimate for private attorneys to handle the case seems “exorbitant.” Herbert said he’s not clear what motivated Republican Rep. Mike Noel to propose pushing the […]

February 22, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Report: ‘Here and Now’ — Nine Electricity Markets Leading the Transition to Wind and Solar

California, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, South Australia, Spain, Tamil Nadu, Texas, and Uruguay; Breakneck Speed Is Overtaking Academic Discussion; Renewables Are Providing Security of Supply

Feb. 14, 2018 (IEEFA) — New research by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis details how nine major power markets around the world have achieved an outsize share of wind and solar generation while assuring security of supply and are providing compelling examples of the fast-moving evolution of electricity generation. The report, “Power-Industry […]

February 15, 2018 Read More →

Utah Lawmaker Wants to Sue California for Cutting Back on Coal-Fired Power

Salt Lake Tribune: When Utah’s Intermountain Power Plant sells its electricity to Southern California, utilities there must pay an extra $15 per megawatt hour. That’s a special penalty on coal, a fuel that emits more heat-trapping carbon dioxide than any other. Now Utah Rep. Mike Noel wants to spend $2 million on private lawyers to […]

February 13, 2018 Read More →

Long Legal Fight Ahead on Rollback of Federal Coal-Royalty Reforms

E&E News: Settle in for a long fight over the Trump administration’s decision to scrap reforms for how royalties are calculated for federal fossil fuels. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday laid out the briefing schedule for litigation over the 2017 rollback of the Obama-era Interior Department measure. Defenders […]

February 1, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Coal Producers Continue ‘Long-Shot’ Bid to Approve New West Coast Export Terminals

Reuters: The ailing U.S. coal industry is ramping up its political and legal offensive to win approval for West Coast export terminals that could provide a lifeline to lucrative Asia markets. Coal producers filed two recent lawsuits against governments in Washington state and California challenging local decisions to block port projects on environmental grounds. The […]

January 30, 2018 Read More →

Utah Coal Industry Seeks a Legal Lifeline in Oakland Courtroom

Salt Lake Tribune: After hearing three days of testimony last week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria will soon decide to either affirm or invalidate Oakland’s coal ban that thwarted a major Utah coal producer’s hopes of shipping 5 to 10 million tons to Asian countries. A subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners, which operates Utah’s Dugout, […]

January 22, 2018 Read More →