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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Wind ‘Pushing Coal Off the Grid’ in Texas

Scientific American: Wind generation accounted for nearly 23 percent of power generation for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in the first quarter of 2017, the Lone Star State grid operator said this week. The announcement marks the highest quarterly wind penetration in ERCOT’s history and underscores the market challenges facing the coal industry […]

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IEEFA Update: The Texas Electricity Transition Gains Pace

IEEFA Update: The Texas Electricity Transition Gains Pace

More Coal Plant Closings on the Horizon; Wind and Solar on the Rise

Texas continues its remarkable transition away from coal-fired electricity generation. And the trend is gaining momentum because market forces are in the driver’s seat, which is to say coal plants for the most part are no longer competitive with other sources of energy. A report we published last fall—“The Beginning of the End: Fundamental Changes […]

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Dakota Access Campaign Seen as a Model for Pipeline Resistance Nationally

Associated Press: The tactics used in North Dakota – resistance camps, prominent use of social media, online fundraising – are now being used against several projects. They include the Sabal Trail pipeline that will move natural gas from Alabama to Florida; the Trans-Pecos natural gas pipeline in Texas; the Diamond pipeline that will carry oil […]

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Trump’s Coal Rhetoric Rings Hollow in Texas

Dallas Morning News: In Texas, coal accounts for somewhere around 25 percent of electricity production. That’s down from around 40 percent six years ago. My colleague, Jeffrey Weiss, looked at the numbers back in October, when Trump was campaigning to bring back coal. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Texas Public Citizen […]

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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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