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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

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 →

Op-Ed: U.S Offshore Wind Industry’s Foothold in the Northeast

(New Bedford, Mass.) South Coast Today: Up and down the eastern seaboard, states are competing to attract new investments in offshore wind. Rhode Island is home to the first offshore wind farm in the country. Maryland recently approved two offshore projects. Other states, from Maine to the Carolinas, are competing to be the center of […]

July 25, 2017 Read More →

Dominion and Danish Company Dong Energy Teaming Up to Build Offshore Wind Farm in Virginia

ROBERT ZULLO for the Richmond Times-Dispatch: PORTSMOUTH — A little more than a year ago, Dominion Energy faced a torrent of criticism for letting lapse a $40 million federal grant for an offshore wind power pilot project. Critics contended it meant the utility was never serious about pursuing wind as a generation source. Among those upset […]

July 11, 2017 Read More →

Recently Shuttered Virginia Coal Plant Is Resuscitated Under New Federal Energy Policy Directive

Newport News Daily Press: Two months after being shut down, Dominion Energy Virginia’s two coal-burning units at the Yorktown power plant have received new life, a life that Dominion and its electric grid manager assure is temporary. Thanks to an emergency order by the Department of Energy, the two coal-burning units will be available to […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →

Growing Resistance to Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Natural Gas Intel: Two weeks before the primaries in Virginia’s gubernatorial election, one of the Democrats running for the post reportedly urged property owners in Nelson County to continue their opposition to the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). According to WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello attended Monday’s meeting of Friends of Wintergreen […]

June 1, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Sun

Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star: It’s easy in Virginia to get cynical about the slow pace at which it’s becoming a viable player and the problems inherent in making it practical as a major source of our nation’s energy. The momentum, though, is growing. At the same time City Council is considering the tax exemption, Dominion […]

May 4, 2017 Read More →

Virginia Pipeline Proposal Turns Into a Focal Point in Governor’s Race

Southeast Energy News: Opponents contesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through Virginia are rolling out fresh arguments against the controversial project, which is becoming a flashpoint dividing Democratic candidates running for governor there. The next administration, which would serve from 2018 through 2021, may have the state’s final say in whether the pipeline is […]

May 3, 2017 Read More →