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IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

Initiative to Limit Job Losses and Community Disruption; Investing in Economic Growth Rather Than Subsidizing Northern Arizona's Failing Coal Industry

June 6, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report outlining an economic- growth strategy for a region that stands to be set back severely by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta coal mine. The proposal—“A Transition Plan for Communities Affected by the […]

IEEFA Analysis: If Utah Commits to Proposed $53 Million Oakland Port Subsidy, It’s Buying a Pig in a Poke

Could There Be a Worse Time to Invest in Deteriorating Coal Markets?

A bill being seriously considered by the Utah State Legislature this week seeks in essence to finance a backdoor subsidy for a coal export terminal in California whose construction could well leave Utah taxpayers on the hook for a highly questionable and highly speculative $53 million out-of-state subsidy. The proposed law, which exists now as SB0246, is […]

March 8, 2016 Read More →
Oakland’s Proposed Coal-Export Expansion Is Fraught With Risk

Oakland’s Proposed Coal-Export Expansion Is Fraught With Risk

Red Flags in a Global Downturn, a Struggling Coal Producer and a State Guarantee

We’re presenting testimony to the Oakland City Council today that questions the wisdom of a proposal to expand the Port of Oakland’s coal-export capacity at the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment project. The deal being considered raises several red flags. First, the developer is taking a major financial risk by relying so much on coal in […]

September 21, 2015 Read More →

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IEEFA U.S.: A rough week for the American coal industry

Momentum around declining consumption numbers, utility-company policy, export markets and internal assessments

The economic problems facing the U.S. coal industry have been on manifest display this week. On Tuesday morning, the federal Energy Information Administration reported that coal use in the U.S. is on track to fall to its lowest level since 1979, and that by year’s end consumption will be 44% below the 2007 peak of […]

December 7, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: ‘Post-coal reclamation economy’ seen after closure of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

IEEFA Arizona: ‘Post-coal reclamation economy’ seen after closure of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

Site remediation will involve thousands of acres and require hundreds of skilled workers; public pressure on Peabody may be required for ‘proper cleanup’; responsible repurposing of NGS infrastructure will include development of utility-scale solar and emerging electricity-storage technology

Dec. 7, 2018 (IEEFA) — Land reclamation and site remediation around the coal-fired Navajo Generation Station and its companion Kayenta Mine in northeastern Arizona will require years to complete and likely employ hundreds of  former plant and mine workers, concludes a  research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—“Long-Term […]

December 6, 2018 Read More →

Utah to host major geothermal research initiative

The Salt Lake Tribune: A river of federal funding will power a large-scale experiment in rural Utah intended to develop new ways to extract geothermal energy from less-than-ideal locations. If it proves successful, this renewable resource could become a major power source throughout the nation. The U.S. Department of Energy announced the $140 million in […]

June 15, 2018 Read More →

In Secret Filings, Utah Coal Company Presses for a Break on Its Federal Lease Payments

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah’s largest coal producer is seeking a tax royalty reduction potentially worth millions of dollars on what it owes for federal coal leases mined at the Sufco Mine outside Salina, yet virtually no information is publicly available regarding the request. In confidential filings submitted to the Bureau of Land Management, Bowie Resource […]

March 8, 2018 Read More →

Utah Governor Questions Spending $2 Million to Challenge California’s Coal Policy

Associated Press: Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that he’s not convinced Utah should spend taxpayer money to sue California over its extra tax on coal and that the $2 million estimate for private attorneys to handle the case seems “exorbitant.” Herbert said he’s not clear what motivated Republican Rep. Mike Noel to propose pushing the […]

February 22, 2018 Read More →

Utah Lawmaker Wants to Sue California for Cutting Back on Coal-Fired Power

Salt Lake Tribune: When Utah’s Intermountain Power Plant sells its electricity to Southern California, utilities there must pay an extra $15 per megawatt hour. That’s a special penalty on coal, a fuel that emits more heat-trapping carbon dioxide than any other. Now Utah Rep. Mike Noel wants to spend $2 million on private lawyers to […]

February 13, 2018 Read More →

Utah Coal Industry Seeks a Legal Lifeline in Oakland Courtroom

Salt Lake Tribune: After hearing three days of testimony last week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria will soon decide to either affirm or invalidate Oakland’s coal ban that thwarted a major Utah coal producer’s hopes of shipping 5 to 10 million tons to Asian countries. A subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners, which operates Utah’s Dugout, […]

January 22, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: The Saudi Arabia of Solar? American Indian Country

IEEFA Update: The Saudi Arabia of Solar? American Indian Country

Energy Transition Openings Now in the Four-Corners Region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

The great swath of high plains that run from Texas to the Canadian border has been rightly nicknamed in recent years the Saudi Arabia of Wind. A drive through the region on any major interstate yields daytime vistas dappled with giant wind farms that stretch so far into the distance that they look like CGI […]

January 5, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 2017 Read More →

First Phase of New Mexico Coal Plant Shutdown Is Complete

Associated Press: The first of two units to be shut down at a coal-fired power plant that has been serving customers throughout the American Southwest for decades is no longer in operation, officials with New Mexico’s largest utility said Tuesday. Unit 3 at the San Juan Generating Station was turned off just after midnight and […]

December 20, 2017 Read More →