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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 →

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Kansas State University will save $200,000 annually with new wind power deal

KSAL.com: Kansas State University is saving energy costs and becoming greener by using one of Kansas’ most abundant resources: wind. A new university agreement with Westar Energy will provide approximately 50 percent of the energy needs for the university’s main Manhattan campus from a wind farm in Nemaha County and save the university nearly $200,000 […]

November 13, 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 →

Westar gets Kansas OK to sell green energy direct to businesses

The Topeka Capital-Journal: Westar Energy launched a new program this week that its leader called “a powerful economic development tool” that will allow businesses access to wind energy. On Tuesday, the Kansas Corporation Commission gave its stamp of approval to the Direct Renewable Participation Service. That opened the way for Westar to announce Wednesday that […]

July 12, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Great Plains Grid Logs a 60 Percent Wind-Power Moment

The Oklahoman: The Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that manages the Great Plains’ electric grid, announced Friday it had set a wind-penetration record of 60.56 percent. During that minute, wind supplied 13,928.94 megawatts of the 22,998.71 megawatts needed to provide power to customers of all of the utilities and other power distributors that […]

March 19, 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 →

U.S. Wind Generation Up 16% in First Half of 2017

SNL: U.S. wind generation increased 16% year over year during the first half of 2017, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Nine of the 10 states with the most wind generation saw a first-half 2017 increase in electricity output of at least 3% year over year. Of those states, Kansas had the largest year-to-year […]

November 10, 2017 Read More →

Developer Behind Kansas Coal-Fired Project Says Plant Stands Little Chance Now of Being Built, Will Write Off $93 Million Loss

Lawrence Journal-World: In an August filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association described as “remote” the chances that it will ever build the plant, and it said the company is writing off as a loss more than $93 million it has already spent on the project. That statement came […]

September 19, 2017 Read More →

Industry Report: 40% Increase in U.S. Wind Projects Over Q1 2016

UPI: About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →

Red States Lead Boom in U.S. Renewables

New York Times: Some of the fastest progress on clean energy is occurring in states led by Republican governors and legislators, and states carried by Donald J. Trump in the presidential election. The five states that get the largest percentage of their power from wind turbines — Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma and North Dakota […]

June 8, 2017 Read More →

Biggest U.S. Wind Buyer Xcel Sees ‘No Problem With Reliability,’ CEO Says

SNL: Xcel Energy Inc., the most prolific purchaser of wind energy in the United States, has experienced “no problem with reliability,” Ben Fowke, the utility’s chairman, president and CEO, said May 24, despite supplying up to 67% of its power mix in Colorado with wind-generated electricity. Xcel’s service territory spans eight Western and Midwestern states, […]

May 25, 2017 Read More →