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IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

Plant Closings and the Likely Effects on Specific Companies and Mines

We’ve published a research brief today that presents an expansive snapshot of a moving target: the decline in U.S. coal-fired generation nationally. As global energy markets continue to undergo rapid transformation, change has swept the U.S. as well. Our brief—“U.S. Coal Phase-out, Blow by Blow: Plant Closings and the Likely Corresponding Effect on Specific Companies […]

April 21, 2017 Read More →

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IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

Plant Closings and the Likely Effects on Specific Companies and Mines

We’ve published a research brief today that presents an expansive snapshot of a moving target: the decline in U.S. coal-fired generation nationally. As global energy markets continue to undergo rapid transformation, change has swept the U.S. as well. Our brief—“U.S. Coal Phase-out, Blow by Blow: Plant Closings and the Likely Corresponding Effect on Specific Companies […]

April 21, 2017 Read More →

With Shutdown of Colorado Plant, Peabody and Arch Lose a Key Customer

SNL: Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc. have lost a large customer with the announcement that Xcel Energy Inc. has burned its last coal at a Colorado power plant. Xcel has planned to switch from coal to gas at its Valmont plant in the Boulder area since at least 2010, when the state passed […]

April 12, 2017 Read More →

Trump Administration’s Retro Energy Policy Undermines Economy of Southwest U.S. (144,000 Solar and Wind Jobs and $83 Billion in Current Capital Investment)

Associated Press: Part of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico is still scheduled for retirement despite President Donald Trump’s executive order Tuesday to roll back measures aimed at tackling global warming. And the state’s largest electric provider has no plans to shift gears when it comes to promoting cleaner energy, a spokesman said. […]

March 31, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Colorado’s Fast-Growing Clean Energy Industry

The Grand Junction (Colo.) Sentinel: As Darryl Fears reported in the Washington Post, the biggest challenges to coal jobs come from market forces — mainly cheap natural gas. There’s also the increasing competitiveness of wind and solar power and the coal industry’s “long-term business model of producing more coal with fewer workers,” according to the […]

March 31, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: Market Forces Are What’s Killing the Navajo Generating Station

The President Should Not Intercede

The question of whether the Navajo Generating Station will stay open past 2019 is of special regional interest for the implications it raises about jobs and local economies in the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. But it’s a national issue too, as shown by pleas this week for President Trump to take executive action to […]

February 21, 2017 Read More →
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 […]

February 15, 2017 Read More →

Bowie Resource Partners Drops Application for Coal-Gasification Plant in Colorado

Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Bowie Resource Partners has withdrawn an application with a state agency for approval to build a coal gasification plant at its Bowie No. 2 coal mine near Paonia. The action comes just two months after it submitted the application with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and […]

January 10, 2017 Read More →

Coal-Fired Unit in Colorado Will Close

Christopher Coats for SNL: A Colorado utility announced the closure of a unit at its controversial Martin Drake Power Plant near Colorado Springs as the state’s coal sector moved toward a 40-year low in production. The decision to close the unit occurred as coal continues to lose favor in Colorado, including a steady decline in […]

January 9, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

December 22, 2016 Read More →

Arch Seeks Colorado Mine Expansion in Face of Declining Coal Markets

Dan Elliott for the Associated Press: Colorado’s flagging coal industry got a glimmer of hope when the federal government removed one obstacle to expanding the state’s largest mine, but it isn’t a done deal, and further court challenges are likely. Arch Coal Inc. wants to extend its underground West Elk Mine into untapped federal coal […]

December 5, 2016 Read More →