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IEEFA Update: The Coal ‘Comeback’ of 2017

IEEFA Update: The Coal ‘Comeback’ of 2017

The Second-Worst Production Performance in at Least 30 Years Isn’t Much of a Bounce

The U.S. coal industry is making a comeback. So goes the story being spun lately by the industry itself, even if the facts of the matter suggest something else. The coal industry points, among other statistical threads, to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook from the Energy Information Administration, released July 11, as a harbinger of […]

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IEEFA Update: A Growing Sense Across Energy Markets, and Among Market Players, That Change Is Gaining Pace

Peak Oil Demand; a Blockbuster Wind Deal; Battered Coal

Two stories this week got some bombshell play still ricocheting around. First was Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden saying the company, second only to Exxon Mobil among the oil majors and the biggest energy outfit in Europe, sees peak demand for oil occurring sooner than anticipated, contrary to the comparatively stodgy and widely […]

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Industry Report: 40% Increase in U.S. Wind Projects Over Q1 2016

UPI: About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy […]

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A 400-Acre, Multi-Company, Zero-Carbon Microgrid Is in the Works Outside Denver

E&E News: The idea is to attract a bunch of different entrepreneurs to a power system relying mainly on solar energy, a king-sized lithium-ion battery and various energy efficiency schemes so the city has few, if any, outside energy needs. Denver and Denver County, which own Denver International Airport, will contribute financial support for the […]

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Analysts ‘Underwhelmed’ by Latest Arch Coal Earnings

SNL: Arch Coal Inc. results underwhelmed analysts, despite improved coal markets, in the first earnings release of major U.S. coal producers in the second-quarter earnings season. Seaport Global Securities LLC analyst Mark Levin called the results “disappointing” in a July 27 note, basing his assessment on reported EBITDA of $95 million. He wrote that Seaport […]

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North Carolina Is Open for Solar Business, and the Governor Says Wind Is Next

Bloomberg: North Carolina passed a clean-energy bill Thursday that could spur a wave of new solar projects in the country’s second-biggest solar state — but at the expense of wind. House Bill 589, which Governor Roy Cooper signed Thursday, places a moratorium on new wind development through December 2018. The law creates a competitive bidding […]

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As Global Energy Economy Shifts, Royal Dutch Shell Lays Out ‘Pessimistic Vision’ for Oil Industry

Wall Street Journal: Royal Dutch Shell PLC laid out a pessimistic vision for the future of oil on Thursday, even as the company reported success in generating cash during a prolonged downturn. Shell has cut costs and said it is preparing for a world in which crude prices never return to precrash levels and petroleum […]

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In $4.5 Billion Wind-Farm Deal, AEP Joins Trend Taking Hold Across U.S. Utility Sector

Bloomberg: There’s a new model emerging for growth-starved utilities looking to profit from America’s solar and wind power boom. American Electric Power Co. is using it for a $4.5 billion deal that’ll land the U.S. utility owner a massive wind farm in Oklahoma and a high-voltage transmission line to deliver the power. NextEra Energy Inc.’s […]

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A Surge Since Jan. 1 in Battery-Storage Investment

Utility Dive: The first half of 2017 saw a nearly 24% increase in funding activity for the battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency sectors compared to the year-ago period, a new report from Mercom Capital Group finds. Funding, for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency hit $1.03 billion in the first half of […]

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On the Blogs: Setbacks for Pipeline Developer ETP on Numerous Projects

Motley Fool: Energy Transfer Partners’ (NYSE:ETP) has had its share of difficulties over the past year. The headliner was the problems it faced in building the Dakota Access Pipeline, which endured several months of setbacks due to protests that caused a delay in getting a key permit. While that project finally entered service last month, […]

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