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IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

Disappearing Market Capitalization and Unsustainable Debt

We’ve just published a research brief of interest to any person, community, business, or investor with ties to Westmoreland Coal Co. The brief—“Westmoreland Coal Is in Trouble”—lays out how the company, which produces coal for electricity generation, is hobbled by debt, is losing customers, has suffered a catastrophic drop in stock price, and appears to […]

February 16, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA New Mexico: Ratepayer Risk Seen in Utility’s Entanglements With Westmoreland Coal

IEEFA New Mexico: Ratepayer Risk Seen in Utility’s Entanglements With Westmoreland Coal

The Company That Supplies the Failing San Juan Generating Station Is in Deep Financial Peril

Feb. 2, 2018 (IEEFA) — An energy-market expert for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has filed an affidavit in support of a New Mexico group that is asking the state’s utility commission to investigate ratepayer risk in the financial relationship between Public Service Company of New Mexico and Westmoreland Coal Co. A […]

February 2, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find  New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

A ‘Buyer Beware’ on Peabody Energy Property; Regional Demand for Coal Is in Decline; Export-Market Possibilities Are Bleak; Previous Recent Mine Deals Have Failed

June 29, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today concluding that Peabody Energy’s Kayenta mine in northeast Arizona is not likely to find new customers or markets once its sole customer, Navajo Generating Station, closes. The Navajo Nation Council voted this week to approve a deal with […]

IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

Initiative to Limit Job Losses and Community Disruption; Investing in Economic Growth Rather Than Subsidizing Northern Arizona's Failing Coal Industry

June 6, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report outlining an economic- growth strategy for a region that stands to be set back severely by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta coal mine. The proposal—“A Transition Plan for Communities Affected by the […]

IEEFA Report: ‘End of an Era’ for Navajo Generating Station; Vast Subsidies Would Be Required to Keep Aging Plant Online; Retirement Seen as Most Viable Option

IEEFA Report: ‘End of an Era’ for Navajo Generating Station; Vast Subsidies Would Be Required to Keep Aging Plant Online; Retirement Seen as Most Viable Option

‘No Longer Competitive’ With Rise of Natural Gas and Renewables; Staying Open Through 2022 Would Require a $740-Million-to-$1-Billion Subsidy; Through 2030 Would Require a $1.4 to $2.4 Billion Subsidy

May 10, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report detailing how the failing coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona will require hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to remain online for any length of time. The report—“End of an Era: Navajo Generating Station Is No […]

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 →

More News and Commentary

New Mexico regulators approve 2,200MW wind project

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): New Mexico utility regulators on Oct. 3 agreed to issue a permit for construction for Pattern Energy Group Inc.’s ambitious plan to install 2,200 MW of wind energy capacity across more than 300,000 acres in the east-central part of the state. The state Public Regulation Commission approved the Corona Wind […]

October 8, 2018 Read More →

New Mexico regulators approve 2,200MW wind project

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): New Mexico utility regulators on Oct. 3 agreed to issue a permit for construction for Pattern Energy Group Inc.’s ambitious plan to install 2,200 MW of wind energy capacity across more than 300,000 acres in the east-central part of the state. The state Public Regulation Commission approved the Corona Wind […]

October 4, 2018 Read More →

End appears near for Navajo Generating Station

Arizona Republic: It’s now a lock that the biggest coal plant in the West and the mine that feeds it will close in December 2019, if not earlier, and there is no proposal from anyone to stop it and little hope it would ever reopen. Middle River Power of Illinois and its affiliated New York […]

September 24, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA update: The hurdles to an economically viable Navajo Generating Station remain

High-priced power is difficult, if not impossible, to sell

Word is that a deal is still in the works to keep the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station open past 2019. It’s not an impossible task, but it would come at a high cost and it would require the owners to pull off two near-Herculean feats. First, production costs would have to be severely slashed. Tucson […]

Pattern Energy moves forward with massive wind farm in New Mexico

Albuquerque Journal: One of the nation’s largest wind farms could soon be operating near the Village of Corona. Pattern Energy Group bought the rights in late May to a planned 1,000 megawatt wind farm just north of Corona, along with a 140-mile transmission project to carry wind-generated electricity from Corona to Public Service Co. of […]

July 9, 2018 Read More →

States turn to bond market to fund decommissioning of coal plants

Bloomberg Businessweek: As President Donald Trump prepares to pay failing coal plants to stay open, several states are hatching plans to gently put them to sleep. One solution gaining steam among lawmakers, environmentalists, and policy experts can be found in an unlikely place: the bond market. For utilities, getting out of the coal business can […]

June 12, 2018 Read More →

New Mexico utility spends big to influence state PUC elections

Santa Fe New Mexican: The company that probably powers your home is wielding a very different kind of power ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Public Service Company of New Mexico’s parent corporation pumped $440,000 over just the last few weeks into a political action committee promoting two incumbents for seats on the Public Regulation Commission […]

June 5, 2018 Read More →

Xcel, Hewing to ‘Steel for Fuel’ Strategy, Presses Ahead With Wind Farms in Texas and New Mexico

Utility Dive: The Texas Public Utilities Commission voted to approve two wind farm projects from Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service — a 478 MW project in Hale County, Texas and a 522 MW wind project in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. New Mexico regulators had approved the proposal in March. The Commission also approved the power […]

May 31, 2018 Read More →

New Mexico Regulators Require PNM to Justify Restart Plans at San Juan Station

The New Mexican: The Public Service Company of New Mexico has 13 days to explain the cause of the March coal silo collapse and resulting fire at its San Juan Generating Station, according to an order issued Wednesday by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The order also requires PNM to explain what repairs it […]

April 27, 2018 Read More →

Opponents Question Need for PNM Coal Plant Repairs

The New Mexican: Nine advocacy groups, led by New Energy Economy, asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to investigate the cause of a March blaze at the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station northwest of Farmington. The petitioners want to prevent Public Service Company of New Mexico from making substantial improvements to Unit 1, the […]

April 18, 2018 Read More →