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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 →

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Where Jobs Are Being Created in Minnesota

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Jobs related to clean energy in Minnesota have grown 5.3 percent over the past year, a significant uptick that prompted a bipartisan team of state lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to call Thursday for boosting the state’s renewable energy goals in 2018. Over the last year, the state added 2,893 jobs […]

September 8, 2017 Read More →

Tapping Wind and Natural Gas, New Regional Grid Expansion for Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin Is Complete

Associated Press: Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power say they’ve completed a 70-mile power line in South Dakota that’s the last piece of a major expansion of the upper Midwest power grid called CapX2020. The new 345-kilovolt line connects a new substation near Big Stone City with an existing substation in Brookings in eastern South […]

August 31, 2017 Read More →

A State Trend Toward Ignoring Trump Emission-Regulations Rollbacks

Utility Dive: The Trump administration is abdicating Obama-era climate regulations, but a small — and growing — amount of states are taking matters into their own hands. The weapon of choice? The federal social cost of carbon, developed by the former Obama administration’s interagency working group composed of federal scientists and economists. The way it […]

August 31, 2017 Read More →

Momentum Gathers on Push for Carbon Tax in Minnesota

Minnesota Public Radio: As state regulators consider how utilities generate electricity in the future, they should assume a much higher social cost of emitting carbon dioxide than is used today, Xcel Energy and a coalition of clean energy and health advocates argued Friday. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide next week whether […]

July 24, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Minnesota Researchers Say Adding Storage to Grid Can Replace Coal and Gas Peaking Plants

Frank Jossi in Midwest Energy News: Adding more energy storage in Minnesota could reduce the need for more fossil fuel power plants and significantly reduce greenhouse gases, according to a new University of Minnesota report. Issued by the university’s Energy Transition Lab, “Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities” looks at how the introduction of […]

July 13, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘Utility of the Future’ Emerging in U.S. Midwest

Forbes.com: For the first 100 years of their existence, utility managers and investors slept well at night knowing three truths would ensure consistent profit growth, so long as they provided safe, reliable and affordable service: Demand for electricity would keep increasing Utility revenue would keep growing Few if any competitive pressures existing for electric utilities […]

May 18, 2017 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 →

Xcel Energy Sees Expansion of Wind Assets Through Upper Midwest

Utility Dive: Xcel Energy wants to add 1,550 MW of wind energy to its system through a mixture of power purchase agreements and utility-owned projects that will increase the company’s wind portfolio 60% and provide power for more than 800,000. The investment, which Xcel first announced last year, should help the utility deliver more than […]

March 17, 2017 Read More →

The Minnesota Energy-Policy Example: ‘Like DVDs Versus VHS. Nothing You Can Do to Stop That.’

Sam Brodey for the Minnesota Post: If the Clean Power Plan’s future is uncertain, both in the courts and in a Trump administration, it might not matter in Minnesota, where its climate and energy goals are popular — and have been for some time. Those involved in energy policy in the state say that Minnesota […]

December 19, 2016 Read More →

Op-Ed: Minnesota Coal-Plant Closings Open the Door to Expansion of State’s Renewables Boom

Eric Pasi for the St. Cloud Times: Change can be hard, and it seems particularly hard for Rep. Jim Newberger. His Oct.  23 commentary on the closing of two coal-fired Sherco plants presents a half-empty scenario. He fails to recognize the opportunity that the clean energy economy is creating right in Sherburne County, as well […]

November 1, 2016 Read More →