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IEEFA Texas: The Beginning of the End for Coal-Fired Electricity Across One of the Biggest Power Markets in the U.S.

IEEFA Texas: The Beginning of the End for Coal-Fired Electricity Across One of the Biggest Power Markets in the U.S.

Report Finds Seven Plants Emblematic of a Fading Industry

We published a research report today describing how the coal-fired electricity industry in Texas is in decline and unlikely to recover in the face of rising competition from other energy sources. Our report—“The Beginning of the End: Fundamental Changes in Energy Markets Are Undermining the Financial Viability of Coal-Fired Power Plants in Texas”—looks specifically at […]

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As Texas Coal-Fired Power Plants Close, Powder River Basin Mines Are Losing Their Largest Customers

Trends Will Force Closures and Complicate Efforts by Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy to Work Their Way Out of Bankruptcy

CLEVELAND, Aug. 3, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report detailing how Powder River Basin coal producers are losing their largest customers as Texas power producers turn increasingly to other sources of energy. The report, “Texas’ Outsize Role in the Decline of the Powder River Basin Coal […]

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Report- Energy Future Holdings and Mining Reclamation Bonds in Texas

Report- Energy Future Holdings and Mining Reclamation Bonds in Texas

Energy Future Holdings and Mining Reclamation Bonds in Texas (pdf)

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Report- Why a Forward Capacity Market Won’t Solve Texas’ Resource Adequacy Problem: The Case of Energy Future Holdings

Report- Why a Forward Capacity Market Won’t Solve Texas’ Resource Adequacy Problem: The Case of Energy Future Holdings

Report: Why a Forward Capacity Market Won’t Solve Texas’ Resource Adequacy Problem: The Case of Energy Future Holdings (pdf).   link to full report

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Report- A Texas Electric Capacity Market: The Wrong Tool for a Real Problem

Report- A Texas Electric Capacity Market: The Wrong Tool for a Real Problem

A Texas Electric Capacity Market: The Wrong Tool for a Real Problem (pdf).

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More News and Commentary

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 […]

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Uptick in Monthly Texas Coal Usage Unlikely to Affect Underlying Shrinkage

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: Reports of coal’s demise in Texas have been common in recent months, as cheap gas and renewables threaten to push the baseload plants out of the power mix. But at least for now, the resource is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. Coal’s generation share was down slightly from December, but […]

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More Tensions Over U.S. Pipelines

Will Connors for the Wall Street Journal: Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline are gearing up for a new round of clashes after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. So are oil companies—and the private security firms they have hired to police the protests. Several hundred additional protesters arrived at the main protest campsite […]

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On the Blogs: Procter & Gamble, Salesforce.com, Tap Texas Wind

From SmartEnergyDecisions.com: The 126-MW Texas wind project that is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power all of Procter & Gamble’s fabric and home care plants in the U.S. and Canada has entered commercial operation. P&G signed a PPA with the project’s developer, EDF Renewable Energy, in late 2015 for 80% of the facility’s […]

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IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

From Deep in the Heart of Texas to North Dakota, a Historic Shift in U.S. Electricity Production

Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. The increase, which has driven wind’s share of generation to 48 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2016 from 36 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2015, has displaced […]

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Little Effect on Grid Seen in Texas Coal Closures

Lauren Bellero for SNL Beta: Predicted coal-fired power plant retirements in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. market are unlikely to impact electric grid reliability, according to a new study. Consumers in the ERCOT market have reason to be optimistic about the grid operator’s ability to ensure an uninterrupted electricity supply despite the anticipated […]

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On the Blogs: Trump Runs Risk of Suffering LBJ-Like ‘Credibility Gap’ on Energy Markets

John H. Cushman Jr. for InsideClimate News: Judging by the brief discussion of energy policy on Donald Trump’s White House transition website, what he’d like to change about the Obama approach is everything. Presented below are our expectations for Trump’s Top Ten list—along with some evidence about how complicated it might be to achieve these […]

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Coal Makes Poor People Poorer

Dana Nuccitelli for The Guardian: A dozen international poverty and development organizations published a report last week on the impact of building new coal power plants in countries where a large percentage of the population lacks access to electricity. The report’s conclusions are strikingly counter-intuitive: on the whole, building coal power plants does little to […]

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On the Blogs: ‘5 Charts That Show How Coal Is Getting Killed in Texas’

Katherine Tweed for GreetechMedia.com: Coal-fired power plants are facing increasing financial distress due to low prices in the Texas electricity market, a trend that is unlikely to reverse, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, The Beginning of the End. The pressure on coal is coming primarily from […]

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Op-Ed: Coal-Fired Plants Have Served Their Purpose

David Schlissel for the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph: One of the points we touched on a few weeks ago when we published a report on the declining role of coal-fired electricity plants in Texas is that they aren’t nearly the baseload workhorses they used to be. Our report, “Fundamental Changes in Energy Markets Are Undermining […]

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