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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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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 →

Minnesota Energy Transition: Midwest’s Largest Solar Plant Opens, Two Coal Plants Close

Elizabeth Dunbar for MPR News: A project like the North Star Solar plot is more likely to be found in the desert. But on the rural landscape just north of the Twin Cities, a sea of solar panels now covers and area three times the size of Minneapolis’ Lake Harriet. North Star Solar began producing […]

October 20, 2016 Read More →

Minnesota Regulators Sign Off on Xcel Coal-Plant Shutdown, Direct Utility to ‘Look More Closely’ at Renewables

Mike Hughlett for the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota utility regulators Thursday approved Xcel Energy’s plans to shut down its big coal-fired generators in Becker, Minn., by 2026, a move that will eventually eliminate the state’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. They also directed Xcel to submit a plan for replacing a big chunk of that […]

October 14, 2016 Read More →

North Dakota Coal Industry Group Targets Minnesota

Frank Jossi for Midwest Energy News: While Minnesota utilities continue to turn away from coal, the industry still has its champions in the state – with one group funded largely by North Dakota taxpayers and coal companies. The Coalition For A Secure Energy Future, an offshoot of the Lignite Energy Council, has met with legislators […]

October 11, 2016 Read More →

In Upper Midwest Wind Expansion, Xcel Sees a Plentitude of Suppliers

Ian Campbell for SNL: There are more than 7,400 MW of existing uncontracted wind projects in development in the Upper Midwest, providing a competitive backdrop for a recent solicitation issued by Xcel Energy Inc.. Xcel Energy is seeking proposals for up to 1,500 MW of wind energy from projects located in Michigan, North Dakota, South […]

September 30, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →