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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 →
Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isnt the Bargain That Was Promised By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA

April 7, 2015 Read More →
2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 24, 2015 Read More →
Memo: Analysis of Paducah Power System’s Recent and Future Cost of Power from the Prairie State Energy Campus

Memo: Analysis of Paducah Power System’s Recent and Future Cost of Power from the Prairie State Energy Campus

Memo: Analysis of Paducah Power System’s Recent and Future Costs of Power from the Prairie State Energy Campus By David Schlissel, IEEFA Director of Resource Planning Analysis

October 28, 2014 Read More →
Report:  No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

September 25, 2014 Read More →
Report- Overpriced power: Why Batavia is paying so much for electricity

Report- Overpriced power: Why Batavia is paying so much for electricity

Overpriced power: Why Batavia is paying so much for electricity (pdf) Updated 3/11/2014

February 20, 2014 Read More →
Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise (pdf).

August 29, 2012 Read More →

More News and Commentary

In Illinois coal country, a town takes up solar

Belleville News-Democrat: Chad Easton, Marissa’s new 37-year-old mayor, has found himself in the unlikely position of promoting solar energy as a way to help the former coal community cope with high power costs. Plans call for construction of two solar farms, one 5 acres and one 11 acres, on village property on the west edge […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →

‘Hundreds of Millions’ Seen Flowing Into Illinois After Approval of Renewable Energy Expansion Policy

Environmental Defense Fund: The Illinois Commerce Commission today approved the state’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (the Plan), which lays out a path for electric utilities to get 25 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2025. The plan includes incentives and programs to jumpstart Illinois’ development of wind and solar power. It also […]

April 3, 2018 Read More →

In Illinois, a Scheme to Prop Up Dynegy’s Uncompetitive Coal Plants

Midwest Energy News: Stakeholders say an Illinois proposal to create a new state-run capacity market to reward baseload generators is a money grab by companies and unnecessary to maintain adequate generation and grid reliability. The push is driven by Dynegy, which said it needs higher capacity payments in order to keep its financially struggling coal […]

March 13, 2018 Read More →

Data Point: Bulk of New U.S. Electricity-Generation Capacity in December Was From Wind and Solar

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Almost all of the 3,224 MW of U.S. generating capacity completed in December 2017 is fueled by renewable resources, with wind contributing 2,238 MW and solar another 950 MW. Among the 650 MW of new projects announced in December was a 250-MW gas-fired plant in Michigan that will replace an older, […]

March 6, 2018 Read More →

100 More Wind Turbines for Northern Illinois

The Pantagraph (Bloomington): Invenergy plans to construct about 100 turbines and related infrastructure across more than 100 parcels in Chenoa, Gridley, Lawndale, Lexington and Money Creek townships, according to county records. “The project will power approximately 69,000 homes (with a 250-megawatt capacity),” according to a permit application. “The project will likely commence construction in 2018 […]

December 21, 2017 Read More →

Policy Momentum in Illinois Toward Renewable- Energy Uptake

Midwest Energy News: A recent report highlighting the expansion of the clean-energy workforce in Illinois reflects a broader trend toward a Midwestern power system that is more networked, more decentralized, and more dependent on solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. Nearly 120,000 Illinoisans were working in clean energy in 2016, representing a 4.8 percent […]

September 13, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Illinois Utility Strives to Thwart Electricity-Generation Transition

The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus (Moline): Barely eight months after Illinois’ landmark Future Energy Jobs Act became law, Ameren Illinois wants state regulators to rewrite the rules. Critics estimate that, if the Illinois Commerce Commission accepts the lower energy savings targets contained in the efficiency plan Ameren filed with the ICC, consumers could pay […]

August 17, 2017 Read More →

Long-Term Coal-Plant Deal Haunts Illinois Town

The Southern Illinoisan: Cairo Public Utility Co. has found itself in the spotlight related to the housing crisis in Cairo, but utility executives and their consultants say the fingers should be pointing in another direction — toward Springfield. Utility representatives say their wholesale power supplier, the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, is charging excessively high electric […]

July 24, 2017 Read More →

Analyst: U.S. Coal Industry Must Consolidate

SNL: The coal industry is “too fragmented” to command pricing power and is in need of consolidation, according to a new note from Seaport Global Securities LLC analysts. Analyst Mark Levin wrote in a June 20 note that the industry has “too many suppliers chasing too few tons.” The report cites a recent claim that […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Electricity Auctions Across Major Swaths of U.S. Spell Further Distress for Fading Coal Plants

More Capacity From Gas-Fired Generation and Renewable Sources Creates an Existential Problem for the Old Order

Coal-fired electricity plants across much of the U.S. earn their revenues by selling megawatt hours (MWh) into competitive wholesale capacity markets in the capacity that generation represents in megawatts (MW). The trends in the revenue these plants earn through selling their capacity in periodic auctions are increasingly worrisome for their owners.  Energy market prices have […]