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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 →

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Alliant closes Edgewater 4 coal plant

WiscNews: With construction on a $700 million natural gas plant halfway done, Alliant Energy has shut down one of its largest coal-fired generators. Friday marked the final day for Edgewater 4, a 49-year-old plant in Sheboygan that last year burned almost 950,000 tons of Wyoming coal, generating enough electricity to power about 200,000 average Wisconsin […]

October 1, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Alliant’s forward-looking coal phase-out plan is commendable

Wisconsin State Journal: One of Wisconsin’s largest utilities has set a date for giving up coal. Congratulations to Alliant Energy for helping to lead our state and nation into a clean-energy future, despite a president who would rather ignore science and steer America’s power supply backward. Alliant, a Madison utility company serving customers in parts […]

September 4, 2018 Read More →

Wisconsin utilities move ahead with clean energy plans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin’s two largest public utilities are making bigger stakes in renewable energy and have pledged far deeper cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases than previous predictions. Madison-based Alliant Energy says it intends to stop burning carbon-intensive coal altogether in its electric power plants by 2050. Alliant and Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group recently […]

August 13, 2018 Read More →

Wisconsin utility exec: ‘It doesn’t make sense’ to keep coal plants online

WisBusiness.com: “Dan Krueger, senior vice president for WEC Energy Group, says “it doesn’t make sense” to keep running some coal plants as energy production shifts over to natural gas and renewables like wind and solar. He spoke yesterday on an energy industry panel at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Policy Day 2018. WEC Energy Group […]

August 7, 2018 Read More →

Wisconsin utility’s solar investment begins transition away from coal

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Signaling the early stages of a historic transition, WEC Energy Group, the parent company of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, last month announced its first large investment in solar power. Once the darlings only of the green-energy crowd, solar and wind projects now have become the least expensive way for utilities […]

July 23, 2018 Read More →

Wisconsin Utilities Plan Midwest’s Largest Solar Farm

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Service, of Green Bay, say they will be partners in purchasing two solar energy projects that would be the biggest solar installations not only in Wisconsin, but throughout the Midwest. The Badger Hollow Solar Farm will be massive—with as many as 1.2 million solar panels […]

June 1, 2018 Read More →

Wisconsin Consumer Advocates Seek Savings From Coal Plant Closing

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: Three groups that represent customers of We Energies have asked state regulators to set aside the money that the utility will save from shutting down the Pleasant Prairie power plant to ensure the savings go to customers and not stockholders. The Citizens Utility Board, the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group and the Wisconsin Paper […]

April 11, 2018 Read More →

6 Major Plant Closures in 2017 Emblematic of U.S. Coal Industry’s Troubles

Forbes: We Energies is Wisconsin’s largest utility, with more than 2.2 million customers, and coal supplied 50.6% of its total generation capacity in 2015. This November, the utility decided to close its 1.2 GW Pleasant Prairie coal plant in early 2018, despite having only been in operation since 1985 and undergoing $325 million on pollution […]

December 20, 2017 Read More →

Another Coal Plant Closes in Upper Midwest

Wisconsin Public Radio: An energy company is shuttering another coal-fired power plant in Wisconsin. WEC Energy is closing its plant in Green Bay, and it comes on the heels of the company closing another facility in Pleasant Prairie. The Green Bay closure isn’t a surprise, the company announced its plans to shutter the plant last […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Wisconsin Coal Plant Is Closing for Good Reason

Wisconsin State Journal: Coal is not coming back. Sorry, Wyoming, West Virginia and other states that mine the fading fuel. Wisconsin, which imports most of its energy, is shutting down another coal plant, with plans to rely on more natural gas and renewable energy instead. Congratulations to We Energies on its smart decision this week […]

December 1, 2017 Read More →