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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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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 →

A Record Quarter for Wind-Generation Expansion in the U.S.

Ashleigh Cotting for SNL: Wind saw its best fourth quarter since 2012, with 6,071 MW brought online, bringing the total for capacity installations during 2016 to 8,029 MW. A total of 1,089 MW of planned wind capacity was announced during the fourth quarter. The largest announced project was the Rockaway Peninsula Offshore Wind Project. The […]

February 22, 2017 Read More →

North Dakota Republicans Move to Block Wind Industry

John Hageman and Amy Dalrymple: The state Senate will consider a bill this week that would put a two-year moratorium on new wind development in North Dakota, a proposal that critics say unfairly targets one industry. The bill, which the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to amend with the moratorium Friday prevents the […]

February 21, 2017 Read More →

A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

Scott DiSavino for Reuters: Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and […]

February 16, 2017 Read More →