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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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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 →

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 →

Pleasant Prairie Plant in Wisconsin Will Close in 2018

Milwaukee Journal: On Tuesday, Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group announced it was closing the plant permanently in the second quarter of 2018 as the company moves to cheaper natural gas and other energy sources. The decision is the latest sign of coal’s diminishing status as a source of electric generation as utilities turn to natural gas, […]

November 29, 2017 Read More →

Tapping Wind and Natural Gas, New Regional Grid Expansion for Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin Is Complete

Associated Press: Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power say they’ve completed a 70-mile power line in South Dakota that’s the last piece of a major expansion of the upper Midwest power grid called CapX2020. The new 345-kilovolt line connects a new substation near Big Stone City with an existing substation in Brookings in eastern South […]

August 31, 2017 Read More →
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 →

Wisconsin City Aims for 100% Renewables

Midwest Energy News: Madison, Wisconsin committed to getting 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources in a resolution passed unanimously by the City Council on Tuesday. It became the 24th city to make such a promise, according to a tally by the Sierra Club, which has a “Ready for 100” nationwide campaign. Madison’s […]

March 24, 2017 Read More →

Grass-Roots Pressure Cited in Movement on Wisconsin Utility’s Wind Farm Project

Midwest Energy News: Advocates who have been pressuring a Wisconsin utility to adopt more clean energy are applauding the recent announcement of a new wind project in Iowa. Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) said last week that it plans to build a 66 MW wind farm in Howard County, Iowa, 200 miles west of Madison. […]

March 1, 2017 Read More →