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IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

Utilities accelerate shutdown dates; 22 plants in 14 states this year; hard-hit regions include the Ohio River Valley

Oct. 25, 2018 — U.S. coal-fired power plant closures are on pace this year to set a record, concludes a research report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report — “Record Drop in U.S. Coal-Fired Capacity Likely in 2018: Utilities Are Accelerating Shutdown Dates as Plants Grow Increasingly Uneconomic”— […]

October 25, 2018 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 →
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 Power & Light proposes largest community solar program in U.S.

Utility Dive: Florida Power & Light (FPL) filed plans for what would be the largest community solar project in the country to state regulators on Wednesday. FPL’s SolarTogether project would consist of 20 solar installations totaling 1,490 MW built over the next two years, pending approval from the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). That would […]

March 15, 2019 Read More →

Florida utility’s coal generation continues to decline

Platts: Tampa Electric burned 1.6 million st of coal in 2018, down 30% from 2.3 million st burned in 2017, the company said Tuesday. In a quarterly earnings statement, the Florida-based utility said its coal generation mix fell to 15% in 2018, down from 24% in 2017 and 38% in 2016. Natural gas rose to […]

February 20, 2019 Read More →

After slight dip, more growth seen in 242,000 U.S. solar jobs, up from 93,000 nine years ago

The Guardian: The solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday. But according to the Solar Foundation the future is […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave
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IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

Sleeping giant of a market is waking up

Announcing last week that it would create the largest regulated utility-scale solar footprint in the world, Florida Power & Light signaled its intentions to nudge the Sunshine State away from its ironically dubious reputation as a renewable-energy laggard. The initiative will add 30 million solar panels, five times the state’s current solar capacity, easing its […]

and January 24, 2019 Read More →

Florida Power & Light makes major move to solar PV

Sun Sentinel: Florida Power & Light Co. announced a major solar plan Wednesday, vowing to install more than 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030. The goal is to make Florida a “world leader in the production of solar energy,” the Juno Beach-based electric utility says. FPL said it has secured solar sites across […]

January 17, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind
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IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind

Up and down the East Coast, initiatives to develop a massive and largely untapped market

The big lease sales ($405 million) last month in coastal waters off Massachusetts for three federally owned tracts that didn’t sell at an auction in 2015 signal a sea change in how U.S. offshore wind generation potential is now perceived. The winners of that auction, who emerged after 32 rounds of bidding over two days, […]

and January 9, 2019 Read More →

Orlando to study possible closure of Stanton coal plants

Orlando Sentinel: Global warming has triggered worldwide action for years, but the city of Orlando and its electric utility have never considered publicly whether to shutter a pair of coal-burning power plants — until now. On Tuesday, the Orlando Utilities Commission is expected to launch studies that cost $1 million, take 18 months, solicit customer […]

December 12, 2018 Read More →

Florida utilities expect massive increase in solar generation in next 10 years

Solar Industry: According to the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) annual Ten-Year Site Plan Report, solar generation is anticipated to increase significantly in the Sunshine State within the next decade. Over the next 10 years, the state’s solar energy use will increase by 44%, representing 16,000 GWh of energy by 2027, says the PSC, citing […]

November 5, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

Utilities accelerate shutdown dates; 22 plants in 14 states this year; hard-hit regions include the Ohio River Valley

Oct. 25, 2018 — U.S. coal-fired power plant closures are on pace this year to set a record, concludes a research report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report — “Record Drop in U.S. Coal-Fired Capacity Likely in 2018: Utilities Are Accelerating Shutdown Dates as Plants Grow Increasingly Uneconomic”— […]

October 25, 2018 Read More →

Tampa Electric to Convert Big Bend Coal Plant

Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Electric Co. is taking a big step away from coal. The Tampa-based utility is spending $853 million to convert its coal-fired Unit 1 at its Big Bend Power Station to natural gas and retire coal-fired Unit 2 in 2021. Five workers died in June 2017 after performing a known-to-be-dangerous maintenance procedure […]

May 25, 2018 Read More →