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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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New 800-Mile Midwestern Power Line Expands U.S. Wind Market

Midwest Energy News: Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy. While not all the proposals are likely to be approved by regulators, the flood of applications represents the tangible […]

November 30, 2017 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 →

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 →

Wind Is Giving Lignite a Run in North Dakota

SNL: One of the lowest-quality forms of coal has weathered the past eight years remarkably well despite massive challenges that have affected the industry. Data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence shows that lignite mines across the U.S. produced more than 71.5 million tons of coal in 2016, only a slight decrease from the roughly […]

July 25, 2017 Read More →

Coal Plants in North Dakota are Making Adjustments as Wind Power Increases

Mike Hughlett in the Star Tribune: The chimneys of Coal Creek Station, North Dakota’s largest power plant, tower 60 stories over the prairie. Nearby, an excavator that looks like a giant crane looms over a big coal mine. The mine feeds the plant owned by Maple Grove-based Great River Energy, which churns out electricity for […]

July 10, 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 →
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 →

The Midwest Wind Boom (Iowa, Kansas, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma)

Midwest Energy News: Wind power represents more than 80 percent of the new electricity generating capacity built in the Midwest and Great Plains states over the past five years as the industry continues to grow, according to a report released today. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report notes that two states in the […]

April 20, 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 →