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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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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 →

Bipartisan Florida Opposition to Offshore Drilling Plans

McClatchy: Florida’s congressional delegation, citing the state’s vibrant tourism industry, delivered a unanimous, bipartisan and stern message of opposition to offshore energy exploration during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Congressional Republicans and Democrats took turns blasting the idea of putting fossil-fuel development near the state’s 825 miles of pristine beaches in order to […]

May 18, 2018 Read More →

NextEra, FPL Continue Major Solar Expansion

PV Magazine: While power sector holdouts such as FirstEnergy get headlines by pushing for disingenuous regulatory changes in a vain attempt to make the future look like the past, many U.S. power companies are seeing the light in the low and predictable costs of large-scale wind and solar. One of the leaders in this regard […]

April 24, 2018 Read More →

Florida Regulators Pave Wave for Major Solar Expansion

Tampa Bay Times: State regulators Friday determined that one of the country’s largest residential solar companies, San Francisco-based Sunrun, is allowed to lease solar energy equipment for homes in Florida. The decision, solar energy advocates say, could open the door to making solar more widely available throughout Florida. “Residential equipment leasing makes solar more attractive […]

April 23, 2018 Read More →

Chinese Solar Company Plays Down U.S. Tariff Barrier as It Proceeds With Florida Expansion

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Executives at China-based JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. indicated March 22 that the manufacturer is moving ahead with plans to assemble solar panels at a plant in Jacksonville, Fla., regardless of whether it is exempt from new tariffs on imported solar cells. “The enactment of … tariffs for [crystalline silicon] solar […]

March 23, 2018 Read More →

Southeast States—Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia—Begin to Embrace Solar

Bloomberg News: The reason why the sunny U.S. Southeast resisted solar power for years is the same reason that explains its about-face: cost. The region was long the country’s smallest solar market, in part because state regulators argued it was just too expensive. Now that prices have come down sharply, area utilities are embracing power […]

March 21, 2018 Read More →

Tampa Electric to Convert Big Bend Coal Plant

Tampa Bay Times: The parent company of Tampa Electric plans to seek regulatory approval to convert its Big Bend power plant, the site of an industrial accident that killed five workers last year, from coal to natural gas, a top executive said Friday. If approved, the full conversion would cost an estimated $1 billion and […]

January 17, 2018 Read More →

Trump Team Removes Florida From Oil/Gas Leasing Plan

Bloomberg: The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott. The about-face came just five days after the Interior Department said it was considering selling oil and gas leases in more than […]

January 10, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Senate Bill Aims to Loosen Investment Restrictions for Florida Solar Industry

WTLV (Jacksonville): U.S. Senator Bill Nelson introduced legislation this week that could further expand the solar industry in Florida by allowing banks to invest heavily in the renewable energy sector, a financial move which is currently banned under Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation regulation. Under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, bank holding companies (BHCs) […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

The Economic Case for Solar, Not the Climate-Change Case, Is Driving Its Uptake Across the Southern U.S.

InsideClimate News: When Brandon Presley was elected to the Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2007, he said, he couldn’t have found a solar farm “with a SWAT team and a search warrant.” A decade later, Mississippi is one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the United States, according to GTM Research. The state’s public service […]

November 6, 2017 Read More →