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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 →
Why This Coal-Fired Electric Plant in Florida Should Be Closed

Why This Coal-Fired Electric Plant in Florida Should Be Closed

The Time Is Right to Retire the 33-Year-Old Mcintosh Unit 3

The aging C.D. Mcintosh Jr. Unit 3 power plant in Lakeland, Fla., should be retired. That’s the inescapable conclusion of a study we published this morning in which we examine the operational costs and performance of the 33-year-old coal-fired plant. It’s not a pretty picture. Unit 3 is not competing very well with other sources […]

October 1, 2015 Read More →

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Florida Utility Plays Up Solar in Announcing Coal-Plant Closure

Clean Technica: Quick, how many US coal power plants are closing in just the first two years of the Trump Administration? If you randomly guessed more than 40, run right out and buy yourself a cigar. The solar and natural gas trains have left the station, and the utility Florida Power & Light Company is […]

May 23, 2017 Read More →
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 →

On the Blogs: State-by-State Clean-Energy Groundswell in 2016

Jessica Collingsworth for the Union of Concerned Scientists: Looking back at the last year I see a lot of clear signs that the clean energy transition is moving forward in the US.  Here are eight states that really stepped up to become climate leaders: California In August, the California legislature passed remarkable climate change legislation. […]

January 4, 2017 Read More →

SolarCity Sees an Opening in Florida Voters’ Rejection of Utilities’ Protectionist Strategy

Dan Testa for SNL: SolarCity Corp.’s entrance into the Florida market could signal a turning point for the solar industry in the Sunshine State following a tumultuous year. SolarCity announced Dec. 1 plans to open an installation center in Clermont, Fla., to serve customers of Duke Energy Florida LLC and the Orlando Utilities Commission, and […]

January 3, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: How a Grassroots Florida Movement Leveraged the Press to Beat Back a Solar Purge by Utilities

Cynthia Shahan for CleanTechnica.com: I’m sending a “Thank You” note to CleanTechnica & related sites. The education of the grassroots should never be dismissed. Sincere grassroots writers, of this site and others, have again shown the power of the pen, alongside larger media outlets like Rolling Stone and the Miami Herald. CleanTechnica, Planetsave, Gas2, SolarLove, […]

November 23, 2016 Read More →

Florida Voters Thwart Utility Industry’s Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative

Mary Ellen Klas for the Miami Herald: Florida voters rejected Amendment 1 on Tuesday, the utility-backed measure to limit rooftop solar expansion, after a scrappy, grassroots campaign and last-minute revelations raised doubts about the proponents’ claims that their goal was to expand solar generation. By 8:30 p.m. EST and with nearly three-quarters of precincts reporting, […]

November 9, 2016 Read More →

Losing in the Polls, Florida Utilities Spend Heavily to Promote Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative

From the Miami Herald: Florida’s largest utilities decided last week that $22 million wasn’t enough to spend on Amendment 1, so they pumped in another $3.5 million into the effort, according new campaign finance reports. Amendment 1, which has been dubbed a “pro solar” amendment by the political committee financed by the utility giants, would […]

November 2, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Many Hurdles Facing U.S. Coal-Fired Power Fleet

IEEFA Update: Many Hurdles Facing U.S. Coal-Fired Power Fleet

Old Age, the Rise of Renewables, Competition From Natural Gas, Advances in Technology

Why has U.S. coal production declined so enormously in recent years? Because the coal-fired power industry is producing less of the country’s electricity than ever. As recently as 10 years ago, coal-fired power plants provided half of U.S. power needs. Today that number is closer to 30 percent—and falling. Coal is not likely to fade […]

October 11, 2016 Read More →
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 […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →

Florida Referendum: 70% Approve Pro-Solar Amendment to State Constitution

Steve Bousquet for the Tampa Bay Times: The runaway winner in Tuesday’s primary election was at the end of the ballot, as voters in Florida overwhelmingly approved a tax break to encourage businesses to go solar. The amendment, which will become part of the Florida Constitution, exempts solar and other renewable energy devices on business […]

August 31, 2016 Read More →