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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 →
IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

Production Declining by as Much as 40 Million Tons; Prices Failing to Benefit Shareholders or Stimulate New Investment; Anemic Exports; Little or No Gain From Regulatory Relief; Increasingly Dim Employment Prospects

We’re out this morning with our annual outlook for U.S. coal markets, and the picture isn’t pretty. We see the potential for some short-lived strength in the current uptick for coal producers but the title of our assessment sums up the larger view: “Short-Term Gains Will Be Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals.” You can […]

IEEFA Kentucky: Owensboro Coal-Fired Power Plant Is No Longer Viable

IEEFA Kentucky: Owensboro Coal-Fired Power Plant Is No Longer Viable

Increasingly Expensive to Operate and a Drain on Ratepayers

We’ve published a memorandum today explaining why the aging coal-fired Elmer Smith power plant in Owensboro, Ky., must be retired soon and how Owensboro Municipal Utilities would do well to invest in renewable electricity generation instead. Our memorandum describes how the plant—whose two units date from 1964 and 1974—has become increasingly uneconomic to operate and […]

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 →
Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

New Research by IEEFA Sees Slowing Demand for Coal and Rapidly Rising Investment in Renewables CLEVELAND, Jan. 14, 2015 (IEEFA.org) — Rapid expansion of renewable energy combined with weakening electricity demand are driving a structural decline in seaborne thermal coal markets, according to a new briefing released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

January 14, 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- 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 →

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Kentucky muni signs solar power purchase deal

Courier Journal: Kentucky is about to catch some rays in a big way. A new solar farm coming to Western Kentucky in 2022 promises to be the state’s biggest — by a wide margin. Some 800 acres of solar panels are planned for Lyon County, just north of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. […]

September 10, 2018 Read More →

Owensboro, Ky., utility to close its aging coal plant

WFPL: Coal-fired power plants in Kentucky continue closing even as the Trump administration works through details on how to bail out the industry. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he wasn’t ready to provide details of the plan, but even if it was implemented tomorrow, that wouldn’t stop Owensboro, Kentucky from shutting down its coal-fired […]

June 27, 2018 Read More →

Big Rivers Decision Could Lead to Another U.S. Coal Plant Closure

Platts: Big Rivers Electric Tuesday notified Kentucky regulators and the Henderson municipal utility that owns a 312 MW coal-fired plant that it was terminating a long-term operating agreement at end-May 2019. Big Rivers, a Henderson-based generation and transmission co-op, has operated the Station Two plant since the facility opened in 1972, Jennifer Keach, the co-op’s […]

May 3, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Wishing Won’t Make it So: Industry ‘Action Plan’ for Federal Policy Changes Can’t Revive Coal Mining in U.S.

IEEFA Update: Wishing Won’t Make it So: Industry ‘Action Plan’ for Federal Policy Changes Can’t Revive Coal Mining in U.S.

Murray Energy Checklist Included Rolling Back Clean Power Plan, Changing Science Findings, Rewriting Tax Code to Disadvantage Renewables

For the first time last week, Bob Murray, the outspoken CEO of Murray Energy Corp., publicly discussed his company’s recently publicized wish list for actions that the federal government could take to support the coal industry.  Murray’s “Action Plan for the Administration of Donald J. Trump,” a once-secret document written almost a year ago, was released earlier […]

Kentucky Utility Sees Coal-Powered Electricity All but Disappearing by 2050

WFPL (Louisville): Kentucky’s largest electric utility expects to be powered more than 80 percent by natural gas or renewable energy by the middle of this century — regardless of whether the country’s energy policies change. Last month, PPL — the corporation that owns both Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities — released a climate […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

Latest Data, Coupled With Armstrong Bankruptcy, Shows Slide in Kentucky Coal Industry

SNL: Recent data shows that total coal production at Kentucky mines during the third quarter of 2017 totaled 9.6 million tons, posting a 15.6% cutback from the previous quarter’s 11.4 million tons and sliding 6.6% year over year. Western Kentucky’s second-largest coal producer, Armstrong Energy Inc., filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization this week, […]

November 6, 2017 Read More →

Armstrong Energy, Miner of Coal in Ohio and Kentucky, Files for Bankruptcy

CNN Money: More evidence of coal’s challenges came on Tuesday as Armstrong Energy, a western Kentucky coal company, filed for bankruptcy protection. Armstrong Energy is the first coal company to succumb to bankruptcy since Trump was elected nearly a year ago, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an environmentally focused research […]

November 2, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Ending Federal Study on Effects of Surface Mining Is a Move Meant to ‘Please the Coal Industry’

Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader: There’s no good explanation, no budgetary or scientific reason for ending a federal study into the possible health effects of living near surface coal mining in Appalachia. This study is well underway. The only reason the Trump administration would pull the plug now is to please the coal industry. And that […]

August 24, 2017 Read More →

Plans for U.S. Coal-Fired Electricity Expansion Grind to a Halt

E&E News: About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts four new coal projects on a list of planned power plants nationwide. Three of those face long odds, and none will be able […]

August 22, 2017 Read More →

‘Don’t Expect Major New Coal-Fired Plants’ in the U.S.

E&E News: About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts four new coal projects on a list of planned power plants nationwide. Three of those face long odds, and none will be able […]

August 21, 2017 Read More →