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IEEFA Texas: Latest U.S. Coal Plant Shutdown Stems From a Saga in Which Investors Failed to See Change Coming

IEEFA Texas: Latest U.S. Coal Plant Shutdown Stems From a Saga in Which Investors Failed to See Change Coming

Markets Rendered a Harsh Judgment on a Bad Private-Equity Deal, Cheap Natural Gas, and the Rise of Wind-Powered Electricity

[First of two parts.] Last week Luminant and its new parent company, Vistra, announced the imminent closure of the 1,800-megawatts Monticello Power Plant in North Texas, near the Arkansas and Oklahoma state lines. It’s been a long time coming. The plant has operated at a loss for years, having failed to compete with low natural […]

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 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 […]

September 12, 2016 Read More →

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 […]

August 2, 2016 Read More →
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)

October 16, 2013 Read More →
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

February 14, 2013 Read More →
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).

February 12, 2013 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Texas Coal Plant at Risk of Shutdown Has Lost Half Its Appraised Value

Goliad (Texas) Advance Guard: The merger announcement Oct. 30 between Coleto Creek Power Plant owner Dynegy and the Vistra company has raised questions about the future of the plant. Fears that it might be sold, closed – or both – stem from Vistra’s history of closing its coal-powered power plants. Seventeen days before the two […]

December 4, 2017 Read More →

Transition Is Enveloping U.S. Electricity Sector

Wall Street Journal: The rapid rise of wind and natural gas as sources of electricity is roiling U.S. power markets, forcing more companies to close older generating plants. Wholesale electricity prices are falling near historic lows in parts of the country with competitive power markets, as demand for electricity remains stagnant while newer, less-expensive generating […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →

New 800-Mile Midwestern Power Line Expands U.S. Wind Market

Midwest Energy News: Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy. While not all the proposals are likely to be approved by regulators, the flood of applications represents the tangible […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →

Wind Farms Are Overtaking Coal-Fired Electricity in Texas

Houston Chronicle: Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last week to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it pushed the state’s wind power capacity to more […]

November 28, 2017 Read More →

600 Jobs Gone in Closure of 3 Texas Coal Plants

Longview News-Journal: Electricity generator Luminant is cutting about 600 jobs as it closes three coal-fired power plants and a mine in Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission said Monday that Luminant plans to make the layoffs in January. Luminant previously announced it would shutter its Monticello, Big Brown and Sandow power plants. The filing with regulators […]

November 21, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Texas’ Electricity Market, in Uptake of Renewables, Is Working

Environmental Defense Fund: Coal plant closures are the clearest sign of how Texas’ electricity market is working. Running and maintaining coal plants is expensive (without even considering the hidden costs), and the majority of plants were built decades ago. Cheaper options – which often happen to be cleaner – abound. Recently the state’s largest power […]

November 9, 2017 Read More →

Texas Grid Operator Approves Company Plan to Close 2 More Coal-Fired Power Plants

SNL: The Texas grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, found that Vistra Energy Corp.’s coal-fired Sandow and Big Brown plants, totaling approximately 2,400 MW, are no longer needed for reliability. ERCOT approved Vistra’s plan to retire the two Sandow units by Jan. 11, 2018, and Big Brown units 1 and 2 by Feb. […]

November 8, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘Teenage’ Coal Plants Are Being Retired Too

Coal Wire: Whether in Italy, the US or the Netherlands, the trend to the retirement of teenaged coal plants — or even younger in the case of one of Luminant’s Sandow units — is something new. In the space of a month, three separate announcements have slated 6600 MW of young coal plants to be […]

November 2, 2017 Read More →

Wind Booms, Coal Suffers in Oversupplied Texas Grid

S&P Global Market Intelligence: When Vistra Energy Corp. subsidiary Luminant Generation Co. LLC announced on Oct. 13 that it would retire two large coal plants in Texas next year, the company stated that “these two plants are economically challenged in the competitive ERCOT market” because of “sustained low wholesale power prices, an oversupplied renewable generation […]

November 1, 2017 Read More →

A One-Two-Three Market Punch Against Texas Coal-Fired Generation

SNL: The state supplied 25% of U.S. wind power in 2016, and wind capacity in the state is expected to reach 25,500 MW by 2019. Along with abundant supplies of low-priced natural gas, all that wind has helped depress energy prices in Texas: despite having, by far, the highest energy usage per capita in the […]

October 31, 2017 Read More →