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IEEFA Report: ‘Natural Security’ Argument for Saving 2 Power Plants Is a Red Herring Meant to Distract From an Ohio Valley Electric Bailout

Keeping Kyger Creek and Clifty Creek on Life Support Would Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion; Market Conditions Will Continue to Undermine Viability of Aging Coal-Fired Plants; Public Resources Are Better Spent on Investing in Transition; Neither Generator Is Needed for Grid Stability

June 20, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. The plants […]

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 →
IEEFA Ohio: Damn Tradition, Bailouts Are Where It’s At

IEEFA Ohio: Damn Tradition, Bailouts Are Where It’s At

Update: FirstEnergy Piles Insult Onto Billions of Dollars in Injury by Threatening to Move Its Headquarters From Akron

Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always thought investor-owned electric utilities were set up to provide power to consumers who paid for what they got.    In states where electricity is deregulated, utility companies compete for customers—just like any other business does. And in states where utilities are regulated, public-utility commissions determine how rates are set […]

August 24, 2016 Read More →
FirstEnergy’s Scheme to Protect Aging Power Plants in Ohio Will Cost Ratepayers $4 Billion

FirstEnergy’s Scheme to Protect Aging Power Plants in Ohio Will Cost Ratepayers $4 Billion

A Utility Company’s Subsidy Plan Ignores the New Energy Economy

We’ve published a report today that outlines in fresh detail how the proposed bailout of the Ohio utility giant FirstEnergy is a raw deal for ratepayers. Our report, “A $4 Billion Bailout in the Buckeye State,” concludes that the FirstEnergy scheme, if approved by the Pubic Utility Commission of Ohio, would cost ratepayers across northern […]

February 9, 2016 Read More →
In Ohio, AEP and FirstEnergy Adopt an Audacious Strategy That Could Cost Ratepayers Dearly

In Ohio, AEP and FirstEnergy Adopt an Audacious Strategy That Could Cost Ratepayers Dearly

A Model First Established in West Virginia Is Being Pushed Now in the Buckeye State

We’ve posted a research note today that explains how reregulation schemes in Ohio by FirstEnergy and AEP bear a striking resemblance to one approved in West Virginia that resulted in a recent push to raise electricity rates by 12.5 percent. The gist of our memo, “West Virginia Bailout Emboldens FirstEnergy and AEP in Ohio,” is […]

October 21, 2015 Read More →
Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isnt the Bargain That Was Promised By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA

April 7, 2015 Read More →
2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 24, 2015 Read More →
Report: How the High Cost of Power from Prairie State is Affecting Bowling Green Municipal Utilities’ Customers (Update)

Report: How the High Cost of Power from Prairie State is Affecting Bowling Green Municipal Utilities’ Customers (Update)

  Report: How the High Cost of Power from Prairie State is Affecting Bowling Green Municipal Utilities’ Customers Updated as of October 6, 2014 (pdf) By David A. Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis  

October 13, 2014 Read More →
Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance and Cathy Kunkel, Fellow Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

October 6, 2014 Read More →
Report:  No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

September 25, 2014 Read More →

More News and Commentary

‘FirstEnergy: Avoid’

SeekingAlpha.com: Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) disproves the popular contention that utilities are safe investments. Many investors see the utility sector as reliable due to the fact that utility companies possess territorial monopolies and have regulatory barriers protecting them from competitors. And at first glance, FirstEnergy would seem to be a utility that would be […]

June 23, 2017 Read More →

In Reversal, Legislators Move to Lift Barrier to Wind Development in Ohio

Cleveland Plain Dealer: The wind turbine industry’s efforts to regain expansion in Ohio got a boost Tuesday with the inclusion of new rules governing how close a turbine can be to adjacent properties. The new turbine setback rules would replace restrictive language that appeared anonymously in the 2014 budget bill, nearly tripling the distance a […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

Grid Executive on Loss of Ohio Nuclear Plants: ‘The Light’s Aren’t Going to Go Out’

Crain’s Cleveland Business: There will be no reliability issues with electricity in Northeast Ohio if the Ohio Legislature refuses to subsidize FirstEnergy Corp.’s nuclear plants in Toledo and Perry — or even if the plants close down. Those aren’t likely words that the Akron-based utility wants to hear as Ohio lawmakers debate whether to enable […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

Proposed Bailout of Two Power Plants in Ohio Loses Momentum

Columbus Dispatch: A proposal to subsidize two coal-fired power plants is no longer on a fast track and might not pass at all. This is a shift from last month, when House Bill 239 seemed to be moving quickly toward becoming law, despite opposition from consumer and environmental groups. The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Report: ‘Natural Security’ Argument for Saving 2 Power Plants Is a Red Herring Meant to Distract From an Ohio Valley Electric Bailout

Keeping Kyger Creek and Clifty Creek on Life Support Would Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion; Market Conditions Will Continue to Undermine Viability of Aging Coal-Fired Plants; Public Resources Are Better Spent on Investing in Transition; Neither Generator Is Needed for Grid Stability

June 20, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. The plants […]

A Fresh Push by Ohio Utilities Seeking Bailouts for Old Power Plants

Cleveland Plain Dealer: A power struggle has erupted in the Statehouse pitting Ohio’s traditional electric utilities against new independent power producers, as well as consumer, environmental and business groups wary of rate increases. The outcome will have an impact not only on what consumers will pay for power in the future, but also on the […]

June 19, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Ohio’s Fight Against Wind Turbines Is Costing the State Billions in Capital Investment

American Wind Energy Association: For years, Ohio has largely missed out on economic development opportunities from the U.S. wind industry. Currently, Ohio contains just three utility-scale wind projects, significantly less than neighboring states. As a result, Ohio wind projects represent just $1.1 billion of capital investments, significantly lagging neighboring states. In comparison, the U.S. wind […]

June 16, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Electricity Auctions Across Major Swaths of U.S. Spell Further Distress for Fading Coal Plants

More Capacity From Gas-Fired Generation and Renewable Sources Creates an Existential Problem for the Old Order

Coal-fired electricity plants across much of the U.S. earn their revenues by selling megawatt hours (MWh) into competitive wholesale capacity markets in the capacity that generation represents in megawatts (MW). The trends in the revenue these plants earn through selling their capacity in periodic auctions are increasingly worrisome for their owners.  Energy market prices have […]

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 →

FirstEnergy Concedes Change Is Coming to Ohio: ‘It’s Not the Kind of News We Like to See About Ourselves, Obviously’

Crain’s Cleveland Business: Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions is in trouble. So are the Ohio communities where it owns power plants. And the state should be preparing now for the economic fallout that’s about to come as a result of plant closures. That’s the take of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, or IEEFA, a […]

May 15, 2017 Read More →