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Judge rules climate risk needs to be considered in Montana coal mine expansion

Associated Press: U.S. officials have again been faulted by a federal judge for failing to adequately consider the potential climate change effects of expanding a massive coal mine in the sagebrush-covered hills of southeastern Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan recommended in a Monday ruling that the Interior Department be given 240 days to re-analyze […]

February 14, 2019 Read More →

Over-budget, long-delayed coal plants put South Africa’s electric system on edge

Bloomberg: South Africa’s debt-laden power utility raced to stabilize the grid this week by resorting to the most intense supply cuts in four years. Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. implemented blackouts for a third day on Tuesday, removing 3,000 megawatts from the system after so-called stage 4 rotational power cuts, or 4,000 megawatts, on Monday as […]

February 14, 2019 Read More →

80% of power generation growth in Texas seen as coming from wind or solar

S&P Global Market Intelligence: More than 80% of the new power generation capacity expected to come into service in 2019 in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region will be either wind- or solar-driven, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. Overall, the region, which encompasses most of the state of Texas including major […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

After slight dip, more growth seen in 242,000 U.S. solar jobs, up from 93,000 nine years ago

The Guardian: The solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday. But according to the Solar Foundation the future is […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

L.A. steps back from plans to expand power generation fossil-fuel footprint

Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles is abandoning a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants along the coast, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday, in a move to get the city closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy and improve air quality in highly polluted communities. The mayor’s decision marks […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

On the blogs: Policy remains key to solar expansion

International Energy Agency: China’s success in this sector has been thanks to a virtuous cycle of strong policy support and falling technology costs. For example, China’s 2020 targets for solar PV have been ratcheted up several times, rising from an initial target of 1.8 GW set in 2008, to 105 GW in the 13th Five-Year […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

A wind-tech boom in Texas

Houston Chronicle: Wind turbine service technicians will be in high demand from now until at least 2026, according to the government-funded Projections Managing Partnership that uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of jobs to service wind turbines will increase 20.1 percent, the data shows. And by […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →
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IEEFA update: Andrew Cuomo got it right on New York’s fracking ban

Despite opponents’ fears, ban likely saved investors billions

New York State, under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, instituted a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in 2014. Not surprisingly, the ban was hotly contested. Opponents had portrayed fracking as a silver bullet that would create jobs and promote economic development.  They predicted the state’s citizens would regret Cuomo’s decision. A retrospective analysis of […]

TVA assessment recommends closing Paradise, Bull Run coal plants

Times Free Press: The Tennessee Valley Authority is proposing to close two more of its coal-fired power plants due to stagnant or declining power demand in its 7-state region. Despite opposition to the plant closings from President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday night, TVA’s final environmental assessments released Monday concluded that TVA should shut […]

February 12, 2019 Read More →

Westmoreland bankruptcy raises questions about future of Colstrip coal plant

Bloomberg Environment: One of the largest power plants in the West could be at risk if Westmoreland Coal raises the price of coal as the utility’s sole supplier as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Nearly three-quarters of the Colstrip Power Plant’s electricity production could grind to a halt, its owners say, if Westmoreland’s potential new […]

February 12, 2019 Read More →