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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 […]

April 21, 2017 Read More →
Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines Pose Risk to Ratepayers, Communities, and Investors

We’ve published a report today that concludes that two natural gas pipelines proposed for construction from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina are indicative of a rush toward industry overbuilding. The study, “Risks Associated With Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Across Appalachia,” examines the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would traverse West Virginia into eastern […]

April 27, 2016 Read More →
Report:  No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

September 25, 2014 Read More →
Report- Changing course: A clean energy investment plan for Dominion Virginia Power

Report- Changing course: A clean energy investment plan for Dominion Virginia Power

Changing course: A clean energy investment plan for Dominion Virginia Power (PDF)

August 27, 2013 Read More →
Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise (pdf).

August 29, 2012 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Virginia regulators okay 1.8-million-panel solar PV facility

Richmond Times-Dispatch: A massive solar farm proposed in western Spotsylvania County has cleared one hurdle, but it has a few others remaining. In a filing Wednesday, the State Corporation Commission signed off on Utah-based Sustainable Power Group’s Pleinmont Solar LLC proposal to build an outdoor facility with 1.8 million solar panels. Microsoft Corp. plans to […]

August 13, 2018 Read More →

‘Offshore wind ready to take off in the U.S.’

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): As of the end of 2017, European countries have installed a total of just under 16,000 MW of offshore wind. The United States has installed 30 MW. For a country that ranks second globally in onshore wind installations with roughly 89 GW, why is it that the US is so […]

August 7, 2018 Read More →

Citing regulatory ‘capitulation,’ federal court blocks construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline through Virginia

Roanoke Times: A federal appeals court on Friday struck down two key decisions allowing a natural gas pipeline to slice through the Jefferson National Forest. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Sierra Club and other conservation groups that challenged approvals by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management […]

July 30, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Taxpayer Exposure to U.S. Coal Reclamation Costs Runs Deep

IEEFA Update: Taxpayer Exposure to U.S. Coal Reclamation Costs Runs Deep

Public Risk in Alaska, Colorado, Missouri, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming

A report that came out last month from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office recommends that Congress eliminate the risky system of self-bonding by coal-mining companies. But the report also raises concerns about the financial stability of surety-bond companies, a much more common form of reclamation bonding, as well as problems with underfunding for mine cleanup costs. […]

April 20, 2018 Read More →

Southeast States—Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia—Begin to Embrace Solar

Bloomberg News: The reason why the sunny U.S. Southeast resisted solar power for years is the same reason that explains its about-face: cost. The region was long the country’s smallest solar market, in part because state regulators argued it was just too expensive. Now that prices have come down sharply, area utilities are embracing power […]

March 21, 2018 Read More →

Dominion Review Not Good News For Its Older Coal Plants

Associated Press: Dominion Energy plans to place nine of its older, inefficient and rarely used power-generating units across Virginia into a dormant status, the company announced Wednesday. The change is among dozens being implemented after a months-long review of the company’s power generation group, Paul Koonce, president and CEO of that division, said in an […]

January 18, 2018 Read More →

Advances in Technology Open Southeast U.S. to Wind Farms

Bloomberg News: Anchored by General Electric Co.’s turbine factory in Pensacola, Florida, the southeast is home to more than 100 manufacturing sites supplying the U.S. wind industry. Yet most of the product gets shipped out to the wind belt running from Texas to North Dakota. Nine southern states have no wind farms at all, but […]

October 23, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia Reconsiders Its Permit for 300-Mile Mountain Valley Pipeline

Charleston Gazette: Faced with a deadline to defend their permit approval against a federal court challenge, West Virginia regulators moved this week to back off their certification that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would not violate the state’s water quality standards. The state Department of Environmental Protection said in a Thursday letter to the pipeline developers […]

September 11, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Risk Is Being Borne Not by Dominion and Duke, but by Their Customers

IEEFA Update: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Risk Is Being Borne Not by Dominion and Duke, but by Their Customers

Little Potential Corporate Loss on a Superfluous Project

Dominion Resources and Duke Energy say they need to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to meet rapidly growing demand for natural gas. But will the market really grow in the way that these utilities say that it will? The pipeline, announced in 2014 as a joint venture between Dominion, Duke, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL […]

September 8, 2017 Read More →

Dominion Energy Makes a Play for Big Renewables Customers in North Carolina and Virginia

Utility Dive: Dominion is moving ahead with development of a clean-energy option for large customers, as it seeks more renewables on its system. In Virginia, the utility wants to reach 15% renewable energy by 2025; in North Carolina, the utility is targeting 12.5% by 2021. The targets would put Dominion on track to meet the […]

July 26, 2017 Read More →